Sourav Ganguly not kept in the loop by the BCCI prior to putting forth domestic calendar
As per the BCCI's rules and regulations, the technical committee finalise the nation's domestic schedule.
Updated - Jul 25, 2018 12:44 pm
Former Indian cricketer Sourav Ganguly is the head of Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) Technical Committee, however, he is said to have been bypassed while finalising the schedule of the upcoming domestic season. Meanwhile, insiders in the committee confirmed the news. The schedule for the Ranji season was recently revamped to its Plate and Elite Group.
The Elite Group will consist of three subgroups named A, B and C. The A and B subgroups will have nine teams each while C will have ten teams. The Plate Group will feature only Group D consisting of nine new participants- Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Sikkim, Mizoram, and Manipur, all from the Northeast along with Bihar, Puducherry, and Uttarakhand- the other three teams.
Has Ganguly been ignored?
As per the BCCI’s rules and regulations, the technical committee finalises the nation’s domestic schedule. But inside sources mentioned that Ganguly and other members of the team weren’t contacted before increasing the number of teams to 37 or before releasing the schedule of over 2000 matches as per reports in Daily News and Analysis (DNA).
Five teams from the Elite Group A and B, two teams from C and one team from D will qualify for the quarterfinal. The TC remarked that the inclusion of the Northeast teams along with Bihar and Uttarakhand has to be conducted gradually. They need to play age-group events and proceed further as done in Chhattisgarh’s case when they forayed into domestic cricket during the 2016-17 schedule.
The domestic season gets underway with the upcoming Duleep Trophy, which is scheduled to take place from August 17. The matches will be played at NPR College Ground in Dindigul. The squads for the same was recently announced. The Ranji Trophy is expected to be scheduled from October-November and will continue till January-February next year.