BCCI introducing many new changes to domestic cricket; SG balls, focus on umpiring

The discussion took place at the BCCI’s Annual Domestic Captain-Coaches' Conclave.

SG Test balls(R) and Koookaburra Test ball  (L)

BCCI’s Annual Domestic Captain-Coaches' Conclave in Mumbai took place where issues like poor standard of umpiring, choice of SG and Kookaburra balls and domestic matches telecast were discussed.

The BCCI had used SG balls instead of Kookaburra balls. Usually in India, the first-class matches as well as the Test matches are played with SG Test brand while kookaburra whites were used for the limited overs matches.  

However, for a change, BCCI used white SG balls for Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy this year.

"The matter was discussed with GM (Cricket Operations) Saba Karim. We could see Indian team using SG white for ODIs and T20s next season. The SG balls have a more pronounced seam and that's one of the factors," one of the senior coaches associated with a state team said.

Another big topic of discussion was the standard of umpiring in domestic cricket.

"Most of the captains and coaches have had complaints about umpiring standards. There were a lot of debatable decisions given. In general, the standard of Indian umpires can be gauged by the fact that only Sundaram Ravi is there in the Elite Panel," a BCCI official said.

TV telecast (named India Cricket) of India's home season will go up to 110 days (including domestic matches) while streaming of matches (digital) will also go up.

The teams also requested revision to the older format of three groups in Ranji Trophy. Earlier 28 teams would be divided into three groups with one group having 10 teams and 9 each in two other groups.

This year, seven teams were divided into four groups each with each team getting to play six matches.

Often that one extra match can become crucial while qualifying for the quarter-finals," a state team captain said.

(Inputs from TOI)

By Jatin Sharma - 13 Mar, 2018

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