No neutral venues for knockout ties in Ranji

No neutral venues for knockout ties in Ranji

BCCI technical panel says no to foreign players

For the last two years, the quarters, semis and final of the tournament had been held at neutral venues in an apparent move to rule out doctoring of pitches by the home side, but most players including the likes of Sachin Tendulkar had expressed their reservations about playing crucial knockout matches in venues where there was little interest from the fans because the home team was not in action.

At a meeting at the Cricket Centre here on Wednesday, the Technical Committee recommended that the Board revert to playing all Ranji Trophy matches on a home and away basis, as was the case until three seasons ago.

The committee also recommended that the wickets in the stadia should be under the supervision of the BCCI’s Pitches and Grounds Committee member from the zone concerned.

The technical panel approved the format for assessment of pitches for domestic tournaments and recommended a special committee comprising chairman Sunil Gavaskar, Chetan Chauhan, Sourav Ganguly and Krishnamachari Srikkanth to go through the pitch reports of the match referees.

The technical committee again reiterated that all contracted players should make themselves available for their respective states when they are not playing international cricket.

“The committee was of the view that the Board should talk to its contracted players and ensure that they represent their respective state sides when not playing for India,” BCCI secretary N Srinivasan said in a statement.

The committee has also decided against the participation of foreign players in domestic tournaments from the 2009-10 season onwards. Last year, in what was touted as a path-breaking move, the TC had allowed teams the option of one international player apiece, provided the said player had played at least ten Test matches or 25 one-day internationals.

Consequently, the TC also made it clear that each state side would be allowed only three ‘guest’ players.

It also feels changing of the ball should be made mandatory after 34 overs in one-day games, and the Power Play rules that are in place for international cricket should be applied to the domestic circuit as well.

The committee also expressed concern over the quality of the SG Test balls being used in domestic tournaments.


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