Ranji Trophy schedule rings in confusion and chaos

MUMBAI: Paucity of box umpires and match-referees to officiate in India's sizeable domestic circuit - enjoying host to more than 2,000 matches this cricket season - isn't the one headache that the BCCI is busy tackling at this time. To make issues worse, a good seize of cricketers and coaches are similarly busy looking to work their means across the newly floated agenda of the Ranji Trophy released two days ago.

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The revised Ranji Trophy, beginning this season, will encompass Elite Group and the Plate Group. The Elite Group could have three sub-groups - A, B & C.

The Plate Group could have one sub-group - D. Elite Groups A & B will encompass 9 teams every whilst Elite Group C can be made up of 10 teams. Plate Group D will encompass the 9 new teams from the northeast - Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Puducherry, Sikkim & Uttarakhand.

Apart from assessing how good teams from the northeast are to take part within the nation's premier domestic event, the scheduling looks effective. But the quarterfinal agenda could leave people at a loss for words.

BCCI's new Ranji rules stipulate that five teams from Elite Group A and Elite Group B, two teams from Elite Group C and one crew from Plate Group D will make it to the quarterfinals. However, the legislation does not specify how will the five teams from Elite Group A & B be finalised. "Will it be three teams from Group A and two from Group B? Will it be based on net run-rate or outright wins?" ask avid gamers.


The confusion does not end right here. The new Ranji rules further stipulate that the highest crew that qualifies for quarterfinals from the Plate Group can be promoted to Elite Group C within the next season. The best two teams that qualify for the quarterfinals from Elite Group C can be promoted to Elite Group A & B within the next season.

And that is what is making avid gamers cry foul. "Assume I do badly in Elite Group C. What happens? I get demoted to Plate Group D next season? Then I play teams from the northeast and qualify straight for the quarterfinals again next year? Then why would I want to struggle in the Elite? I might as well lose, go to Plate and take the easy route, no?" say avid gamers.

The regulations clearly have not been concept thru. For a cricket board that has spent crores on prison charges, fighting courtroom instances that seem unending, scheduling of its most necessary domestic event indisputably hasn't been easy.


The knockout confusion apart, there may be extra that avid gamers be apologetic about concerning the event, especially the place the newly presented 9 teams from the northeast are concerned.

The new pay structure released via the BCCI's Committee of Administrators (CoA) name for avid gamers making the XI to be paid Rs 35,000 consistent with tournament day and Rs 17,500 to cricketers out of doors the enjoying XI but within the 15 in First Class cricket.

"That's a blanket fee for all cricketers participating in the Ranji Trophy. So, basically, it doesn't matter whether you're a player from Mumbai or Delhi or Karnataka with 50 matches under your belt or an unknown cricketer from the northeast who - we're not even sure yet - qualifies for the Ranji, you'll be earning the same fee. Then where's the motivation? Why play for Mumbai or Delhi and struggle to get into the XI instead of just shifting to Nagaland or Meghalaya?" say avid gamers.
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