BCCI convenes meeting of Ranji captains, coaches

Published: Thursday, March 24, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has convened its annual meeting involving its affiliated units' Ranji Trophy captains and coaches, office bearers and its technical committee chairman in Mumbai on April 11, Board sources said today (March 24, 2005).

The meeting had been held over the last few years to get feedback from the captains and coaches about the conduct of various domestic tournaments - especially their views on umpiring, pitches, formats and scheduling of tournaments.

The Board has decided to take advantage of the fact that quite a few teams' captains would be in Mumbai around that time to take part in the April 8-14 All India One-day tournament. There are no matches on April 11.

Last year's meeting was chaired by Sunil Gavaskar, the chairman of the Board's technical committee, and this year too he's expected to chair the one-day sitting, Board sources said.

Umpiring at the domestic level was severely criticised by the Ranji captains and coaches at last year's meeting.

The then Board president Jagmohan Dalmiya took a strong view about complaints over poor umpiring and had asked the umpires' sub-committee to improve the stand of officiating before asking for any raise in emoluments.

The matter of 'chucking' was also discussed in detail and the umpires were told to be very strict in order to eradicate this malaise at the junior level itself, the sources added.

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