Relevance of Duleep Trophy, Irani discussed in BCCI conclave

Various state associations attended the day-long conclave that looked back at the mega domestic season 2018-19; for the first time, there was a separate conclave for women captains and coaches.

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India conducted the Captain and Coaches Conclave 2019 in Mumbai on Friday. The meeting is held every year to assess the season gone by, seek feedback and suggestions to make the domestic structure more competitive.

Various state associations attended the day-long conclave that looked back at the mega domestic season 2018-19. For the first time, there was a separate conclave for women captains and coaches.

Topic of discussion

Concept of neutral curators

Format of knockout games of Ranji Trophy to continue home and away basis or revert to neutral venues

Discussion on doing away with the coin toss and letting the visiting team make a decision to bat or bowl first

Introduction of evaluation reports by Match Referees about umpires

Feedback on Match Referees' performance by umpires for the first time

Additional responsibility handed to Match Referees who now act as Talent Identifiers

Feedback on the quality of balls used throughout the season

A detailed discussion on over rates and it was suggested that data be collated to understand causes for slow over rates and ways to address the issue

With the domestic structure now involving 37 teams, a discussion was held on the relevance and significance of Duleep Trophy and the Irani Trophy and opinion on the same was sought

Introduction of DRS with the available technology for televised Ranji Trophy games


Anirudh Chaudhry, Hony. Treasurer, BCCI said, "The entire Indian cricket set-up stands on the strength of domestic cricket, the players, captains, coaches, the support staff and the State Associations. Their role is as crucial as those of the players who represent Team India. The idea of this conclave is to ensure that the views of the players and coaches are heard. We value their feedback and it is duly noted and considered. Their suggestion is extremely valuable."

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BCCI CEO Rahul Johri said, "This is an extremely important forum and I am very happy that we now have a separate conclave to review women’s cricket. It is an important stage as key stakeholders of Indian cricket converge under one roof and discuss the way forward. One of my very first meetings after joining the BCCI was this conclave and I am glad that over the years we have seen some very engaging discussions. I am very confident that the upcoming season will be even bigger and better and we will continue to strengthen the standard of the sport across all age groups.”

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Saba Karim, GM Cricket Operations, BCCI said, "It has been a splendid season. We have completed a successful and challenging season. The number of matches significantly went up from 1,108 games last season to 2,024 games this season and we efficiently managed this massive jump. Ahead of the season, we had extensive discussions with the selectors and coaches particularly in women’s cricket and tournament formats were designed accordingly. We now have a busy schedule for women’s cricket as well and we are going to have more India A women’s tours in the upcoming season."

The Board will review the suggestions made at the conclave.

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