Anurag Thakur proposes changes in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy © Getty Images
Anurag Thakur proposes changes in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy © Getty Images

A drastic change in the structure of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy is proposed by BCCI President Anurag Thakur. The structure of the T20 Championship might change as the proposal suggests that it will be a mixture of both inter-state and inter-zonal competition. The existing structure consists of state teams which are divided into different groups in the starting stages of the tournament and then the winning teams are again divided into two groups. The final is conducted between the two top teams emerging in the tournament. The new proposal changes the basic structure. . LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: England  vs  Sri Lanka , 3rd Test match at Lord’s

The proposed structure suggests state teams competing against each other at zonal levels. After its completion a zonal level performer and one common team will be picked. The best performers will be further divided into East, North, Central, South, West and Rest of India or Board President’s XI. These teams will go up against each other to claim T20 Championship Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. ALSO READ: Anurag Thakur not youngest-ever BCCI President

An in-depth discussion had taken place related to the changes in the tournament. Anurag Thakur told Sportzwiki, “Yes, we discussed the issue at length during Fixtures Committee Meeting. The endeavour is to make domestic cricket more engaging and viable,”

“With 1882 playing days, the BCCI has shown how serious we are about our domestic structure. We have decided to have Ranji Trophy at neutral venue, Duleep Trophy with pink ball and now we are trying to make Mushtaq Ali more competitive by bringing in zonal structure. The aim is to improve the quality of domestic cricket. We are trying to finalise details and senior officials will be putting a process in place,” he added