Cooch Behar tourney to have two-tier format

Published: Wednesday, July 14, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:The junior tournament committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday gave the go-ahead for the two-tier system to be adopted for the Cooch Behar Under-19 Tournament's three-day matches on the lines of the Ranji Trophy from the coming season.

As a consequence, 15 teams would be divided into two groups to play in the Elite division championship and 12 other teams would play in the Plate division championship, BCCI joint secretary Prof. Ratnakar Shetty, announced in Mumbai.

"The whole format of junior cricket has been reviewed in order to make it compact so that all junior tournaments of the Board will be completed by the third week of January, after commencing in the third week of October, to help the junior cricketers prepare for their examinations," Shetty said.

"The Under 19 three-day games would be played on Ranji Trophy format with the teams split into Elite and Plate divisions," he said.

The committee, which met in Mumbai under the chairmanship of senior BCCI vice-president Kamal Morarka, also decided to make changes in the Under-15 and Under-22 championship by which two teams from each zone would qualify for the inter-zonal knock-out stage instead of one team at present, Shetty said.

"The committee also accepted in toto the report of the two-member special committee (comprising Shetty and Punjab Cricket Association secretary M P Pandove to review the junior cricket)," he added.

The recommendations have to be formally ratified at the BCCI's working committee meeting in Delhi on July 18 and 19, Shetty informed.

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