12 overs a bowler to ensure better contest: Kumble

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Published: Thursday, June 14, 2012, 12:52 [IST]
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12 overs a bowler to ensure good contest

New Delhi, Jun 14: Former Indian skipper Anil Kumble has said that one of his suggestions which was approved by the Technical Committee wherein one bowler gets to bowl 12 overs in a 50-over game would make a 'better contest' between bat and ball.

BCCI's Technical Committee meeting that was held at Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday, headed by Sourav Ganguly, discussed on a couple of issues including the revamping of the Ranji Trophy format.

Anil Kumble, also participated in the meeting and had suggested that one bowler should be allowed to bowl 12 overs in the limited-overs format which would make the contest between the bat and the ball more competitive.

"Yes, I suggested to the technical committee was that one bowler should be allowed to bowl 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-dayers will not only provide a better contest between bat and ball but will also bring in more room for strategising for the captains," India's highest wicket-taker in Test cricket told bcci.tv after the meeting on Tuesday.

"It will affect in a way they plan, analyse and will make an impact on the batting team, be it chasing targets or setting them up," Kumble added.

Kumble also felt that the captain's conclave that was organised by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) also helped the officials during the meeting in order to take decisions.

"It certainly helped in making better decisions. The suggestion of playing more number of Ranji Trophy games came from the captains and coaches. With this new format, every team will play minimum eight matches which is a great thing. Another suggestion was to make the Duleep Trophy more meaningful.

"Hence, the technical committee has recommended that the Duleep Trophy should be the first tournament of the domestic season. That will act as a huge motivation for the players playing in the tournament as they get more than a fair chance of staking their claim for a spot in the national team," he was quoted as saying by the website.

When asked about the reason behind in doing away with the existing Elite and Plate group formats, Kumble said, "This format brings in more competition as teams will have equal chance of making it to the top two of their respective groups. We believe the home and away format gives that incentive for the state associations to organise four home matches in the centres they want."

"As the president of the Karnataka State Cricket Association it gives me the opportunity to take the game outside of Bangalore and develop it in the smaller centres."

The 41-year-old legendary spinner feels there needs to be another change in the quarter-final and the semi-final of Ranji Trophy as they need to make it a five-day contest than retaining the four-day format.

"That decision was made in order to give teams a better chance to go for an outright win. There are instances when a team misses out on the first innings lead by a few runs. In a five-day game, you have enough time to catch up and go on to win despite giving away the first-innings lead."

Kumble who has played 132 Tests and 271 one-day internationals felt that there is a need to prepare good wickets at the domestic level.

"Yes. The recommendation of ensuring good wickets for the domestic matches was fruitful. Now the Cricket Pitches Committee will put together a team of 10 members instead of five earlier which would go around the country and ensure the quality of pitches is good for all domestic matches."


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