BCCI to discuss of domestic format

Published: Tuesday, May 15, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi: The working committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is meeting on Wednesday to discuss the format of the domestic tournaments.

The committee will also ratify the decisions taken by the technical committee. The main issue before the committee is whether Duleep Trophy should continue to be conducted on league basis or be changed to knock out tournament.

Other proposal to be discussed is about Ranji Trophy. There have been demands that it should be played on two-tier basis. Under 22 and Under 14 tournaments may also be henceforth played on Knock -Out basis.

Meanwhile Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) has urged the BCCI to concentrate more on domestic tournaments with more emphasis on Junior level. DDCA vice president C K Khanna in a letter to BCCI has stressed the need for streamlining the Junior Cricket.

The schedule of domestic cricket must be worked out in such a way to encourage maximum participation of the top players. DDCA has also favoured making pitches "lively and supporting". There is a need for major overhaul of the pitches in the country and it must be taken on "war footing".

Meanwhile the BCCI has decided not to take any action on the issue of alleged anonymous calls received by some visiting Australian players during the Chennai Test. It is a dead issue as far as BCCI is concerned.

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