Ranji captains, coaches conclave held in Mumbai

Published: Monday, April 11, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Mumbai:Certain suggestions and proposals put forth by the captains and coaches of the teams playing in the national cricket tournament, Ranji Trophy, were discussed during Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) one-day annual conclave of the captains and coaches in Mumbai today (April 11, 2005).

The conclave, held under the chairmanship of BCCI vice-president Kamal Morarka, was called to get feedback from the captains and coaches on the recently-concluded Ranji Trophy season, BCCI secretary S K Nair said afterthe meeting.

However, chairman of BCCI's technical committee and legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar could not attend the meeting.

The most important suggestion that came up for the discussion was that the toss should not be the criteria to decide the result of the match, particularly the semi-finals and the final.

This point came up after Himachal Pradesh, despite their good show in the season (they garnered 21 points in the Plate division), lost a place in the final after Services were declared winners following the toss as the entire four-day semi-final match was abandoned due to rains.

Services, who had only 10 points in their kitty, eventually got a place in the final and as a result they were promoted to the Elite division for the next season.

This suggestion has been taken into consideration by the Board and a final decision on it will be taken by the technical committee, Nair said.

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