At the BCCI domestic annual captains and coaches conclave at Mumbai, many issues like poor umpiring standards, number of Ranji matches were raised. The issue of starting of matches at 9 AM in the Vijay Hazare trophy was also on the list.
Apart from these critical issues, almost everyone has asked for the increase in the number of games at the league stage from six to eight games per team in the Ranji Trophy. The players have also raised the issue over the quality of SG balls that are being used in limited overs cricket in domestic division.
The umpiring standards are dropping, says an official
As per reports in Times of India, a BCCI official says the level of umpiring is on the decline. “The umpiring standards in domestic cricket have been dropping steadily in the past decade, but if we don’t support our umpires, who will? They’re human, after all,” says the official.
Everyone agrees for more matches at the Ranji, says one of the captains
Speaking with the Times of India, one of the captains who was part of the conclave said everyone agreed for more matches in Ranji. “Almost everyone at the conclave wanted the number of Ranji matches to be increased at the league stage from six to eight games per team, as was the case earlier. This will allow a team/player to stage a comeback if hit by poor form. Six games are too less. I’ve suggested to bring about improvement in the quality of video replays for a run out/stumping referrals, even that is poor,” revealed a captain.
The players have also raised the issue over the quality of SG balls that are used in domestic limited overs cricket, but so far the board is stick to the brand and is keen to try it in international cricket at home, where the Kookaburra is used currently.
The list of domestic demands that are put on the table during the conclave
- Increase the number of games from 6 to 8 in Ranji trophy.
- Reduce the number of pools from 4 to 3 to make sure more matches are played.
- More rest between Vijay Hazare Trophy matches.
- Improve umpiring standards.
- Improvement in the poor quality of SG balls in the domestic division.
- Change in the timings with the 9 AM matches.
As per reports, BCCI CEO Rahul Johri has promised at the conclave that domestic cricket will be covered widely this time. Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) member and former India women’s skipper, Diana Edulji, BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary and Cricket Association of Bengal President Sourav Ganguly were also among those who attended the meeting.