Rajkot: Hard on the heels of Indian cricket team's success in the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to introduce the ultra-abridged format of the game in Indian women cricket.
Speaking to UNI, the BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah has said the game's incipient format would be implemented simultaneously during the Women World Cup to be held in England in 2009.
Replying to a question about the appointment of new coach for Indian team, Shah said the Board would review the applications for the post in its board meeting, which would be held at Bangalore on Sept 29.
When asked if the format will take its toll on the players, already burdened with the number of one-day Internationals and Test matches, Shah said, ''This game is for fun and will not have any effect on ODI or Test matches. The young players have a good chance in the shortest version of the game to prove their skills.'' When quizzed about who will be the India's Test captain, Shah said the selection committee will take the decision, but hinted that if M S Dhoni do the job well then he would be considered for the same.
The BCCI Secretary also said International Cricket Council (ICC) referee Allan Hurst had recently inspected Madhav Rao Scindia Cricket stadium here for conducting International Test matches.
Impressed with the ground and other infrastructural facilities available in the stadium, the ICC referee has apporved the ground for conducting the Test matches, with some minor changes in the stadium.
Besides Rajkot, similarly inspection had been done at Jaipur, Vishakhapattnam and Hyderabad by Hurst for conducting Intenational Test matches, Shah said.
The ICC referee had also inspected Dharmsala Cricket Stadium in Himachal Pradesh for conducting International one-day matches, and was impressed with the facilities available in the stadium, Shah said.
The new cricket stadium of Saurashtra Cricket Assocaiton would be ready in two years time on the outskirts of the city and will have the capacity to accomodate 25000 people in the new stadium, Shah said. Adding that Ranji trophy matches to be played at the new cricket stadium from next season.
When asked about the preparation and tickets for the third ODI between India A and South Afrcia A to be played here at Madhav Rao Scindia cricket ground on Sept 30, the secretary said One-dayer would be free for all, and ground is ready to conduct the third one-dayer.
The first and second ODI to be played at Ahmedabad and Vadodara on 26 and 28 Sept respectively.
Saurashtra batsman Cheteshwar Pujara, who had highest score in the 2006 under-19 World Cup in Colombo and had agrgegate 595 runs in the elite group of Ranji trophy last year is a prospective candidate for Team India.
Niranjan Shah said if he continuesly perform in the same vain than he will have bright prospect in the Indian team.
The young players will have good chance to prove their abilities during the three ODI matches between India A and South Africa A, Shah said.