Ganguly-headed BCCI technical panel to meet on Feb 17th
Mumbai: The Cricket Board`s technical committee, headed by former India skipper Sourav Ganguly, is to meet here on February 17 and discuss implementation of a few ICC-suggested experimental laws in the upcoming domestic one-day zonal leagues around the country.
The International Cricket Council has suggested that all its affiliate member boards try out these experimental laws in their domestic cricket and send their feedback to the world governing body to be taken up by the ICC`s Cricket Committee at a later date, according to BCCI CAO Prof. Ratnakar Shetty.
"The Technical Committee, headed by Sourav Ganguly, is to meet here on the 17th and discuss these experimental laws and their implementation in the one-day zonal leagues starting next week," Shetty told reporters on Tuesday.
"One of these pertains to allowing bowling of two bouncers per over (as against one per over). Some of the other changes in one-day laws like using two new balls from either end of the pitch and the no-runner rule are already being implemented in our domestic cricket this season," Shetty said.
Shetty said the committee would also examine in detail the decisions taken at the working committee yesterday to play all Ranji Trophy ties from next season at neutral venues.
"The discussion would be about logistics etc," Shetty said.
On the same day the board`s senior tournament committee, headed by Sudhir Dabir, is to meet here and invited to the meeting are representatives from Hyderabad, Maharashtra, Railways and Saurashtra.
According to Shetty, two Ranji Trophy matches that were held in the league stage have drawn the attention of the committee and the host associations of these two low-scoring games might even be reprimanded by the Board if the committee feels so.
"They are the matches played between hosts Hyderabad and Maharashtra at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Hyderabad and the one hosted by Railways at the Karnail Singh Stadium in Delhi.
The association representatives have been asked to be present to put forth their views on these games," he said.
The four-day plate league game between Hyderabad and Maharashtra in November ended in just two days with the latter emerging victors by an innings and six runs.
Hyderabad were shot out for 124 and 54 in their two innings while Maharashtra won by an innings even after notching up just 184.
Maharashtra`s left arm spinner Akshay Darekar had staggering figures of eight for 20 in the Hyderabad second innings for a 13-wicket haul in the game.
The other match, in the elite division, between hosts Railways and Saurashtra in December ended in three days in the visitors favour by 97 runs.
Saurashtra made 175 and 152 while Railways replied with 81 and 149. Ravindra Jadeja of Saurashtra bagged ten wickets in the game.