BCCI working committee meet to discuss domestic overhaul
New Delhi: The BCCI working committee will meet here tomorrow to discuss and ratify the technical committee`s recommendations for overhauling domestic cricket.
The technical committee headed by Sourav Ganguly and the special committee comprising of another former captain Anil Kumble, among others, had recommended some sweeping changes in the domestic cricket structure on June 12.
As per the recommendations, the Elite and Plate groups are to be replaced by three groups of nine teams each. Each team will play eight matches at the league stage.
Three teams from Groups A and B, and two from Group C, will qualify for the knockout phase. The quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final will be five-day games.
If in the knockout phase, result of first innings is not obtained at the end of the fifth day, then the match will be extended into sixth day. If a result on first innings is not obtained even at the end of the sixth day, then the winner will be decided on the spin of a coin.
The technical committee has also recommended a change in the points system in the league stage, suggesting six points for an outright win to encourage teams to go for it rather than be content with taking first innings points (3 for the team taking the lead).
The committee also wants a change in the N K P Salve Challenger Trophy from 2013-14 season with the winners of the previous season`s Vijay Hazare one-day tournament given a slot as one of the three teams, the other two to be picked by the national senior selection panel.
With there being a recommendation for a change in the order of domestic tournaments to be staged, the committee has suggested that there can be two Irani Cup games in the upcoming season.
Current Ranji Trophy champions Rajasthan would take on the Rest of India in September and after the conclusion of the new Ranji season, its winners would clash with the Rest immediately afterwards, as per the recommendations of the Ganguly-headed technical panel.
Some changes in the playing conditions of domestic one-day games have also been suggested by the technical panel.
These include the suggestion of one bowler being permitted to bowl a maximum of 12 overs, two bouncers per over be allowed and no change in the prevalent rule pertaining to the number of fielders allowed outside the thirty-yard circle in non-powerplay overs, are some of the recommendations.