India should perform well overseas, says Ganguly

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Published: Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 14:15 [IST]
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'India should play well in away Tests'

Mumbai, Jun 13: BCCI's Technical Committee meeting headed by Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly has discussed changes required for the domestic cricket circuit at the Wanklede Stadium on Tuesday.

Legendary spinner Anil Kumble, member of the Special Committee formed by BCCI was also present to discuss with the Technical Committee.

Kumble said matches played at home and away to bring in competition, "Teams will have an equal chance of making it to the top two of their respective groups," said Kumble.

"We believe the home and away format gives that incentive to the state associations to organise four home matches in the centres they want. We will start afresh, which means previous hosting history will not be considered," said Kumble.

Kumble's presence might have facilitated the suggestion of having one bowler 12-overs in a 50-over game.

"I'm glad it was accepted in today's meeting. I believe that 12 overs for one bowler in the One-Day matches will not only provide a better contest between bat and ball but also bring in more room for strategising for the captains," Kumble said.

With nine teams per group, a team will be free during all the rounds of matches. While it is logistically challenging, the technical committee also ensured that the centre hosts a Test match during that period, so that the team that is not involved participates.

In other words, the 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th members of the state Ranji team could be a part of the national squad, giving the non-playing members of the Indian team an opportunity to play for their respective states during their particular Ranji game.

Talking about the quality of pitches used in domestic cricket, Ganguly said, he was satisfied with the debate.

"The emphasis will be on pitches, the BCCI Pitch Committee will visit every venue to make sure the pitches are good," said Ganguly. "We've suggested some minor changes; overall it's a simple game and let's leave it like that."

The meeting's agenda was to ensure that the Indian cricket team performs well in away Tests and when asked Ganguly about the same, he said India need to play well overseas as they have a good track record at home.

"The loss of eight Tests in a row has not been very good. So whatever amendments we made is to make sure we start playing well overseas. India will always play well at home."


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