From coaches’ demand for pay hike to introducing DRS in domestic cricket, key talking points of BCCI conclave

The 2017-18 season also had the Ranji Trophy reverting to the home-away system after BCCI’s experiment with neutral venues met with fair degree of criticism. The return to the tried and tested format was welcomed by the participants in the meeting.

FirstCricket Staff, March 13, 2018

The Ranji captains and coaches conclave that was held in Mumbai on Monday discussed a host of issues, the most important of them being the almost unanimous push from captains to revert to the three-group format.

That apart, the questions of pay hike of domestic coaches and contracts with retainership clauses for domestic players also came up, reported The Indian Express. Some coaches also reportedly raised the concern of pending payments of their daily allowances.

BCCI's annual conclave saw a variety of issues being discussed. Representative image. AFP

BCCI's annual conclave saw a variety of issues being discussed. Representative image. AFP

The coaches and captains, though, welcomed the Committee of Administrators' decision to revise the remuneration of domestic players. The latest pay structure will see a first-class cricketer earn Rs 35,000-a-day for a four-day match apart from a percentage of the BCCI's profits.

The meeting was also attended by Sourav Ganguly, the chairman of the BCCI's technical committee, Saba Karim, the board's general manager of cricket operations, and MSK Prasad, the chairman of the senior men's selection committee.

The 2017-18 season also had the Ranji Trophy reverting to the home-away system after BCCI’s experiment with neutral venues met with fair degree of criticism. The return to the tried and tested format was welcomed by the participants in the meeting.

“The home and away match format got a positive response. Everyone feels it is better than playing on neutral venues (which the BCCI tried in the 2016-17 season),” an insider present at the meeting told Hindustan Times.

Another important topic that came up for discussion was the implementation of Decision Review System (DRS) at domestic level. The technology will be used for the first time in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) after BCCI let go of its long-standing resistance.

This season also witnessed the use of SG balls in the 20-over Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and the 50-over Vijay Hazare Trophy. The experiment failed to impress teams and they reportedly expressed the desire to go back to playing with Kookaburra balls, primarily because white Kookaburras are used in international limited-overs matches.

The issue of quality of balls was also raised as in past, domestic matches have seen balls being changed as many as three or four times in a single session, reported ESPNcricinfo. The website also quoted Mumbai captain Aditya Tare, who talked about poor umpiring in domestic games.

“When players do something wrong they are penalised for that. We are criticised or dropped following a bad performance. The umpiring has been an issue for many years now and something has to be done to ensure that certain standards are maintained. If someone is consistently having bad games as an umpire, then he could be made to go back to officiating in age-group cricket (to prove his abilities). That's what my suggestion was,” Tare said.

 

Updated Date: Mar 13, 2018

T20 LEAGUE POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Hyderabad
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Kolkata
14 8 6 0 16
4
Rajasthan
14 7 7 0 14
5
Mumbai
14 6 8 0 12
6
Bangalore
14 6 8 0 12
7
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
8
Delhi
14 5 9 0 10




Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3499 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5257 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Australia 3327 104
6 Pakistan 3279 102
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2990 130
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114