The BCCI technical committee met on Monday to discuss the schedule of the 2018-19 domestic cricket season. A slew of recommendations were discussed by the members who included bringing in a new format which would see starting the 2018-19 domestic season with the national one- day championship for the Vijay Hazare Trophy. A change in format in the much revered and sought after Ranji Trophy was brought up too at the meeting.
Among the agendas of the meet in Kolkata was introducing kookaburra balls instead of the currently used SG Test in the Ranji Trophy. Discussions to use the kookaburra for senior level cricket while retaining the SG test for younger age-level tournaments were held. One of the major concerns that have held the BCC from taking a decision on this matter is whether the kookaburra will be able to retain the same levels as that met by the SG test during longer overs.
Another big area in the domestic cricket season that has previously been untouched before in Indian cricket was brought up. The officials chalked up plans to introduce a women’s domestic league as well with focus on the shorter formats of the game first. If brought into fruitarian this could prove to be a game changer for women cricketers in the country, allowing them not only more chances to play but also bringing forward more talent in the country.
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There is also possibility of the domestic cricket season schedule being tweaked with it now starting with the Hazare Trophy followed by the Ranji Trophy group league stages. It will be followed by the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy with the Ranji Trophy’s knockout stages kicking off once it ends.
BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary:”There is a recommendation that SG Test is used for age-group cricket while we use kookaburra for senior level cricket.There were discussions about women’s cricket also and the committee was of the opinion that for popularising the game and tapping new talents, BCCI should concentrate on having limited overs matches.