Ranji Trophy revamp gets thumbs up from domestic coaches

Mumbai coach Sulakshan Kulkarni while approving the new proposals for the changes in the domestic cricket said the new format will help the teams in the Plate Group will get better exposure Getty images

By CricketCountry Staff

Mumbai: Jun 13, 2012

The domestic coaches have given thumbs up to the changes suggested by Sourav Ganguly-led technical committee, which were approved by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday.

Mumbai coach Sulakshan Kulkarni feels the changes will bring a change in the domestic structure. He said,” It is pleasing that some efforts are being taken to make the tournament more exciting. This will definitely bring some freshness to the championship.

“Very few people turn up to watch Ranji Trophy nowadays. I hope these changes bring in some more people to the stadiums.”

Kulkarni feels the opportunity to play minimum eight matches, according to the new proposal will benefit lower-rank teams of the Plate Group. He was quoted by Mid Day as saying, “We may encounter new teams this time which will be exciting. It will also give better exposure to Plate teams as they are sure to play eight matches, which wasn t the case earlier.”

The recommendations for the revamp suggested getting rid of the Plate and Elite division format and substituting it with a three groups format with nine teams in each group. Each team shall play eight matches in the league stages and three teams from groups A and B while two teams from group C will qualify for the knockout phase.

Another point discussed at the technical committee meeting was to make the Ranji quarter-finals and semi-finals five-day matches instead of a four-day affair, which has been the present format.

If the result of the tie is not obtained at the end of the fifth day, the match will be extended to the sith day. If still there is no outcome, the result will be obtained by a toss.

Coach of the Uttar Pradesh team GyanendraPandey feels the five-day matches will offer an equal opportunity to both the teams to get a result.

He said, “It is a good decision to extend quarters and semis. It will give equal chances to both teams. Earlier, there was no scope of a fightback.”

Also, the team with an outright win will benefit with six points. Pandey feels this will make the matches more interesting. He also likened the idea of the bonus point for teams winning by an innings or by 10 wickets.

Mumbai coach however felt the points for an outright win will be unfair for the losing team as they won get any point after struggle for four days.

He said, “That s a bit hard on the losing side. They deserves at least one point for playing for four days.”

The final decision on the new format will be taken by the BCCI in Working Committee meeting.