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A shot in the arm for domestic cricket

Written by: Sajith Balakrishnan
Published: Monday, September 22, 2003, 18:43 [IST]
 
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Bangalore: The success of the Irani Trophy has reiterated the fact that international players must be part of our domestic scenario. Never before has a domestic fixture drawn such big attention, be it in the media or among the avid cricket fans. The old adage 'stars can Bangalore: The success of the Irani Trophy has reiterated the fact that international players must be part of our domestic scenario. Never before has a domestic fixture drawn such big attention, be it in the media or among the avid cricket fans. The old adage 'stars can garner crowds' came to the fore at the M A Chidambaram Stadium.

For the sporting Chennai crowd, cricket was at its best between the Mumbai and the 'Rest'. Their 'favourite' son Sachin Tendulkar (infact he has scored more runs here than at his hometown Mumbai) and the ever-reliable 'wall' of Indain cricket Rahul Dravid enthralled them, not to forget the contributions from the lanky V V S Laxman, speedy Zaheer, the 'unsung' Ramesh Powar and the 'forgotten' Sairaj Bahutule

The country's domestic calendar has got off to a flying start after many years. The days at Chepauk reminded of the salad days of domestic tournament when the likes of Sunny, Vishy and the rest used to send the crowds into raptures with their exhilarating on-field antics.

Add to it, the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) decision to revert back to the old zonal format in the Duleep Trophy and Deodhar Trophy. The present format of pitting players from the same zone against each other had robbed much of the sheen of the tournament. Players had no motivation whatsoever in playing in the Elite, Plate divisions whereas, the pride for playing for the respective zones, bring out the best in them.

Infact, year 2003 has seen a major upheaval in the domestic format which has been languishing in wilderness in the past due to the absence of star players who kept on missing the tourneys as most of them had to don national colours.

This year, the Board has devised the schedule in the right manner so that it doesn't coincide with national engagements. With professional cricketers being put in at the helm of affairs, the domestic tournament is in for a major revamp.

The players too responded very positively this time considering the fact that the Irani Trophy match was more or less a selection trial for the home series against Kiwis.

With a tough tour-Down Under-on the cards, fringe players, as well as those who are under trial knew that a good knock here would be the gateway for donning that elite blue cap. In short, the domestic opener this year has opened floodgates for high quality of game as witnessed at the Chepauk. It augurs well for Indian cricket.garner crowds' came to the fore at the M A Chidambaram Stadium. For the sporting Chennai crowd, cricket was at its best between the Mumbai and the 'Rest'. Their 'favourite' son Sachin Tendulkar (infact he has scored more runs here than at his hometown Mumbai) and the ever-reliable 'wall' of Indain cricket Rahul Dravid enthralled them, not to forget the contributions from the lanky V V S Laxman, speedy Zaheer, the 'unsung' Ramesh Powar and the 'forgotten' Sairaj Bahutule The country's domestic calendar has got off to a flying start after many years. The days at Chepauk reminded of the salad days of domestic tournament when the likes of Sunny, Vishy and the rest used to send the crowds into raptures with their exhilarating on-field antics. Add to it, the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) decision to revert back to the old zonal format in the Duleep Trophy and Deodhar Trophy. The present format of pitting players from the same zone against each other had robbed much of the sheen of the tournament. Players had no motivation whatsoever in playing in the Elite, Plate divisions whereas, the pride for playing for the respective zones, bring out the best in them. Infact, year 2003 has seen a major upheaval in the domestic format which has been languishing in wilderness in the past due to the absence of star players who kept on missing the tourneys as most of them had to don national colours. This year, the Board has devised the schedule in the right manner so that it doesn't coincide with national engagements. With professional cricketers being put in at the helm of affairs, the domestic tournament is in for a major revamp. The players too responded very positively this time considering the fact that the Irani Trophy match was more or less a selection trial for the home series against Kiwis. With a tough tour-Down Under-on the cards, fringe players, as well as those who are under trial knew that a good knock here would be the gateway for donning that elite blue cap. In short, the domestic opener this year has opened floodgates for high quality of game as witnessed at the Chepauk. It augurs well for Indian cricket.

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