Teams want more rest between Ranji matches

Mar 05, 2013, 08:04 IST | Harit N Joshi

The scheduling of Ranji Trophy matches is one of the major issues that will be discussed at length during the Captains and Coaches Conclave organised by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) at a Bandra hotel today

Cricket-related issues arising from the 2012-13 domestic season will be discussed at the conclave. Several coaches with whom MiD DAY spoke had a problem with only three-day gap between Ranji matches.

Said a coach of a prominent team: “Scheduling was a major issue with all teams. Three days were too less. Travelling would take most of your time, especially if the match was in the interiors. Imagine the plight of a team travelling to Assam or any north-eastern state. Three days are definitely too short.”

Another coach said: “Many teams could not hold a practice session because of hectic schedules. There were many teams who directly went into the match.

This shouldn’t be the case when it comes to your premier national tournament.”

The last Ranji Trophy was played under new points format and the teams were divided into three groups, abolishing Elite and Plate divisions. The new format assured all 27 teams of minimum eight league matches.

Scheduling could have been tight considering there were more matches played in the new format. “In that case, the BCCI can do away with one of the tournaments. But Ranji Trophy has to be given its due respect,” said a coach.

Another point that will be raised in the conclave is more incentive for outright victories. At present, six points are awarded for an outright win while three for a win on the first innings. “Six points weren’t enough for teams to go for outright wins. There were so many draws despite the new points format. The incentive needs to be much more. For example, 10 points for an outright win. That would motivate the teams to for the kill.

“Table toppers should also be rewarded. One of the suggestions could be a direct entry into the semi-final. That will make the league stage even more competitive,” said a coach.  

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