Ranji Trophy: Karthik prefers home over away format

The 32-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman believes a young cricketer shouldn't be deprived of experiencing the joys and pressures of performing in front of the home crowd.

Karthik feels that the game will be better off if technology is used to detect no-balls.   -  R.V. Moorthy

Dinesh Karthik wants Ranji Trophy to return to the home and away format. He also wishes to take the toss out of the equation to nullify any doctoring of surface by the host.

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Karthik observed, “The BCCI has done well to be innovative and conduct all the games at neutral venues last season. But to me personally, a young cricketer should not be deprived of experiencing the pressures and the joy of playing on his home ground.”

He noted, “If you give the visiting captain the option to either bat or bowl and not have the toss at all, no home association will make an under-prepared surface.”

Karthik felt that the game will be better off if technology is used to detect no-balls. “You could have a beep sound if a no ball is bowled. This will enable the umpires to focus solely on the delivery and not look for no-balls also.”

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