Technical panel not in favour of neutral venue for Ranji ties

The BCCI’s Technical Committee is not in favour of hosting Ranji Trophy games in neutral venues and wants the existing ‘home and away’ format to continue for the next season.

“The recommendations have not been that. At the end of the day, the BCCI decides but I feel the home and away system should persist,” said technical committee chairman Sourav Ganguly after the committee’s one-day sitting on Friday.

“The present Ranji Trophy format was discussed at length, and it was felt that the Elite-Plate format be continued,” said BCCI secretary and meeting convener Sanjay Jagdale.

Significantly, the Board’s Working Committee had decided to play Ranji games in neutral venues at its meeting in Chennai earlier this week and Friday’s recommendation by the Technical Committee meant the ball has been thrown back in to the BCCI court.

The Technical Committee has recommended to make Ranji Trophy quarterfinals and semifinals five-day games (at present only the final is played over five days) and wants a partial reversal of the schedule of domestic tournaments with Duleep Trophy to be followed by the Ranji Trophy.

The committee recommended that if a domestic match is played on a wicket that is ‘underprepared’ in the opinion of the match officials, then two points will be deducted from the host association’s tally.

The committee also decided that number of short-pitched deliveries permitted per over in domestic one-day tournaments be increased from one to two and it will come into force in the inter-state one-day matches, starting on Monday.

Ganguly did not agree that the Duleep Trophy had become redundant and said he was happy with the East Zone winning their maiden title this year.

The panel recommended that in domestic first class games, if a first-innings result is not obtained at the end of the scheduled play in a knock-out match, then the match will be extended into an additional day.

If the first innings are not completed even on this additional day, then the winner will be decided by the spin of a coin.

As per the recommendations of the panel, the senior domestic season should be rescheduled, and the tournaments played in the following order: Challenger Series for the NKP Salve Trophy; Duleep Trophy; Ranji Trophy; Irani Cup (Ranji champions vs Rest of India); One-day tournaments: Vijay Hazare Trophy and Deodhar Trophy; Domestic T20.

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