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Ranji Trophy: Abhinav Mukund blasted BCCI’s neutral-venue test

By Rashmi -

Tamil Nadu skipper, Abhinav Mukund, has not pleased with the decision of neutral venue experiment of Board of Control for Cricket India for Ranji Trophy this season.

When asked whether he was an admirer of the BCCI’s decision? Abhinav replied, “Shall I keep naming the cons?”  He categorized them from the scarcity of balls to nature of pitches. Mukund even said that he can’t think of any optimistic result of the trial. He says, “Pros? I don’t know any.”

With the demand for balls, this Ranji season has had a tough time for the match referees as the state associations have shrugged off, saying they don’t have enough new balls.

Mukund stated on this, “First of all, every association has to provide balls. Before every game, there is a matter of umpires and match referees coming to the captain and coach and saying, we need four balls, we need five balls. There’s an issue with the balls every single game. I cannot have such problem in a knockout game. In a Ranji Trophy semifinal, if you can come and tell me (before the match), I don’t have balls in the ball box, I don’t understand that. That is point one,” 

He also hit out against the pitches, said, “Secondly, none actually gives a damn about the wickets that are being prepared. Everyone’s playing safe, which is why people are scoring more than 1000 runs, 1500 runs and I don’t see many spinners coming into play at all.”

Discontinuity in the game is not liked by Mukund, said, “I don’t like this concept mainly because of the fact that there’s no continuity. You play throughout the year in one condition – it’s really important to play at home. These are the kind of things you grow up as a cricketer. So many cricketers who have made debut for us this year haven’t played at Chepauk. That’s such a big thing for me, at least.”

As Mumbai Cricket Association and Saurashtra Cricket Association are felt that the entire spirit of the competition will be mislaid if home and the away system is abolished, as a result, they were against the idea of neutral venues. On the other hand, the Board of Control for Cricket in India went ahead with this idea.

While summarizing this season for Tamil Nadu, Mukund was pointed out the big positive that they proved that they were not a team, which a lot depended on the turning tracks.