Foreign teams devalue Duleep Trophy: Umrigar

Published: Wednesday, May 19, 2004, 21:59 [IST]
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Mumbai :Former India skipper Polly Umrigar expressed his opposition to the entry of a foreign team in the Duleep Trophy inter-zonal tournament saying "this move dilutes the importance of the event."

"This experiment - under which the England 'A' team took part in the Duleep Trophy last season - should be discontinued," Umrigar, who was deeply involved in formulating the domestic tournament formats in the 1980s and early 1990s, said in Mumbai.

"What is the point in allowing a foreign team to play in the tournament? It devalues the tournament and dilutes its importance," he said.

Umrigar, among the recipients of the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) prestigious C K Nayudu award, also felt that the Junior domestic tournament's format should be in conformity with the Senior tournaments.

"It (the tournament formats) should be uniform which will help the Junior players in making the transition from the lower to the higher level without any difficulty," the one-time national Test centuries record holder said.

Umrigar also supported the views expressed by Indian captain Sourav Ganguly for introducing a two-tier system in Test cricket when the International Cricket Council (ICC) confers Test match status on more countries.

"It's a very good suggestion and I support it. In fact the Ranji Trophy two-tier system, under which there is promotion and relegation, is the best example for the ICC to follow," Umrigar added.

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