BCCI will increase the prize money of domestic cricket tournament
There will also be a change in the format of Ranji Trophy from this season.
DRS was also discussed in Apex Council meeting
New Delhi. After the huge earnings from the media rights of the IPL, the BCCI has decided to open its treasury for domestic cricket as well. The prize money of other domestic cricket tournaments including Ranji Trophy will be increased. This decision was taken in the Apex Council meeting held in Mumbai. A check of Rs 2 crore will be handed over to the Madhya Pradesh cricket team that won the Ranji Trophy. A BCCI official said that the Apex Council has empowered the board office bearers to decide on the revised prize money.
In this meeting, it has been decided not to conduct the Deodhar Trophy any further. It was organized for the first time in 1973-74. Deodhar Trophy is a List-A tournament, in which India-A, B and C teams participate. This was the first meeting of the BCCI after the effect of Corona subsided, in which all the office-bearers were present in the office in Mumbai. BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, Secretary Jay Shah and Treasurer Arun Kumar Dhumal were also present in the meeting.
Deodhar Trophy will no longer take place
A BCCI official told the Indian Express, “The decision to drop the Deodhar Trophy from the domestic cricket calendar was taken due to the busy cricket schedule. A lot of matches are to be played in the domestic cricket season starting from September. In such a busy schedule, we did not have a window for the Deodhar Trophy, so it had to be removed. BCCI will organize 1773 matches including age group cricket in this domestic season.
Duleep Trophy will be held in zonal format
The format of many domestic tournaments was also discussed in the Apex Council meeting of BCCI. Now the Duleep Trophy will be played in the zonal format. The BCCI believes that by conducting this tournament under the zonal format, the competition between the teams will increase further. The Duleep Trophy consists of three teams in its current format – India Red, India Blue and India Green. At the same time, in the Ranji Trophy, the teams will now be divided into elite and plate groups as before. Apart from this, there is also a possibility of using Decision Review System (DRS) in Ranji Trophy.
DRS will be applicable in Ranji Trophy matches
A BCCI official said, the Apex Council has discussed the implementation of DRS in Ranji Trophy matches from next season. During this year’s Ranji Trophy, many decisions of the umpire were questioned. Since then, there was a demand to implement DRS in this tournament. For this reason, BCCI is considering implementing it from this season.
The official said, “BCCI has agreed in principle to implement the DRS system for the next session. If all goes well, there will be DRS for all live matches of BCCI.”
Plate and elite groups will be there in Ranji Trophy as before
For the Ranji Trophy, the BCCI has decided to restart the Elite and Plate group as before Corona. The 32 teams will be divided into four elite groups of eight each, while six teams will be in the plate group. The winners of the Plate Group Final will qualify for the quarter-finals of the Ranji Trophy. At the same time, the relegation system will also be implemented again. This year Ranji Trophy will start in December and the teams will play matches on home and away basis.
Apart from Ranji Trophy in domestic cricket season this year, Irani Trophy (Rest of India vs Ranji Trophy Winner), Vijay Hazare Trophy (50 overs) and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (20 overs) will be played.
FIRST PUBLISHED : July 22, 2022, 09:30 IST