Laxmi Ratan Shukla says BCCI's move to have neutral venues for Ranji Trophy won't work

PTI, Oct, 21 2016

Kolkata: Former India cricketer turned state minister Laxmi Ratan Shukla on Friday criticised the concept of neutral venues in Ranji Trophy this season, saying the move will not work out.

"It's really unfortunate. It would not work out this way and I'm sure they (the BCCI) would go back to the original format from next season," the minister of state in West Bengal sports ministry said on the sidelines of Delhi-Karnataka Ranji Trophy group B match at Eden Gardens.

File photo of Laxmi Ratan Shukla. Twitter/ LShukla6

File photo of Laxmi Ratan Shukla. Twitter/ LShukla6

The match featured India players in Gautam Gambhir and Ishant Sharma but it failed to attract any crowd and there was virtually 'no attendance' barring the officials and media persons in the gigantic Eden.

Dismayed to see empty stands, the former Bengal captain said: "I feel really sad not to see my team at Eden."

"It's like living in somebody's house, when you have your own," he quipped on the move which was brought in by former India captain Sourav Ganguly-headed BCCI technical committee.

BCCI's technical committee had recommended to hold the matches of its Premier domestic championship at neutral venues in May this year to make it more competitive.

Published Date: Oct 21, 2016 | Updated Date: Oct 21, 2016



Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 5957 119
2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4579 114
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115