Laxmi Ratan Shukla says BCCI's move to have neutral venues for Ranji Trophy won't work
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.
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.
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.
Punjab Kings captain Rahul is averaging 66 after seven matches this year with a strike rate of 136. The IPL was suspended in May due to COVID-19 cases in its bubble and will resume on Sunday in the UAE.
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Vihari, pupil of India's fielding coach R Sridhar had left Hyderabad in the 2015-16 season after MSK Prasad, the then chairman of selectors had offered him Andhra captaincy and also pushed his selection in the traditional format.