Domestic Cricket: Now umpires will assess match referees

The NE grounds are expected to get ready by September 7 says Saba Karim.

“We have addressed the issue of paucity of match referees, umpires and scorers. We will have 12 new match referees and 14 new umpires this season to meet with the growing demand," Karim said.   -  pti

In a departure from convention, the BCCI will have its registered umpires evaluating the performances of its match referees instead of the other way round, informed GM (Cricket Operations) Saba Karim.

Karim and his team has prepared an elaborate blue print for this year’s domestic cricket which will witness nine States being integrated into the first-class structure.

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“We have addressed the issue of paucity of match referees, umpires and scorers. We will have 12 new match referees and 14 new umpires this season to meet with the growing demand.

"This time the evaluation process will change. The umpires will evaluate match referees and the process will be monitored by cricket operations team,” Karim told reporters during an interaction here on Friday.

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With a whopping 2017 matches (across all formats, gender and age-groups) set to be conducted by the BCCI, Karim’s main emphasis this year is to ease the North Eastern teams into the mainstream.

“Some of the new teams like Bihar, Uttarakhand and Puducherry have been preparing very well and I am hopeful that they will do well. The North Eastern States also have some very fit boys.

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"Yes, the skill part is being developed but you need to start somewhere. We need to give them chance expecting that they will become competitive,” the former India stumper said.

He then elaborately explained how BCCI is providing them support with groundsmen, finance expert, coaching support etc.

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“Each new State is being provided four administrative staff comprising one to take care of finances, one for cricket operations and two for logistics. Along with this, four groundstaff including one head curator, one maintenance manager and two assistant curators (BCCI accreditated). The NE grounds are expected to get ready by September 7,” informed Karim.

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“Apart from this, each state has been provided with six coaches, six physios and six trainers for their age group teams as well as the women’s team. It’s a one season tripartite agreement between the individual, State association and BCCI. It’s for one season as we slowly want the States to be empowered,” he said.

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Among the north eastern states, Arunachal Pradesh will have its home base in Assam’s Goalpara, Salmara and Mangaldoi (for all their teams). Mizoram will be playing its home matches at Jorhat and Dibrugarh in Assam, while Sikkim will have two home grounds in Bhuvneshwar (KIIT and Vikas School).

Manipur’s second home will be Surat while it has one proper ground in Imphal.

Following are list of coaches confirmed for new States:

Meghalaya: Senior Men: Sanath Kumar; U-23: Dhiraj Jadhav

Bihar: Senior Men: Subroto Banerjee; U-23: Ajay Ratra

Nagaland: Senior Men: Kanwaljeet Singh

Sikkim: Senior Men: Sanjeev Sharma U-23: PV Shashikanth

Uttarakhand: Senior Men: KP Bhaskar

Arunachal Pradesh: Gursharan Singh

Mizoram: Senior Men: Ashok Malhotra; U-23: Shib Shankar Paul

Puducherry: Senior Men: Aavishkar Salvi.