BCCI to review Domestic Schedules to offer Cricketers adequate break

 . Last updated on January 3, 2018, 2:19 PM
BCCI to review Domestic Schedules to offer Cricketers adequate break
Vidarbha, the maiden Ranji winner of the latest season, played the final match throughout New Year’s Eve.

With an eye to review policies on players within the domestic circuit, acting president of BCCI, CK Khanna commented on several precedented changes in home cricket schedules. In a recent press meet, Khanna mentioned the need of players, especially in the domestic circuit, to have breaks on relevant holidays and occasions. The issue was highlighted after Vidarbha won their maiden title playing the final Ranji fixture on New Year’s Eve.

BCCI, on the other hand, expressed its concerns about players busy in the tournament on special holidays and festivals. While, it would be impractical to schedule international fixtures with checks and balances within Indian calendar, the board would work to provide a break in domestic fixtures during holidays and festive occasions.

Khanna highlighted the change saying the condition “needs to be addressed”. The acting president ensured that BCCI Future Tour and Program Committee will re-work on domestic schedules and fixtures starting from the current year. Per the official, there should not be domestic matches in the last and the first day of the year. Khanna added that players stay away from families for long seasons and they need to be with their ‘near and dear ones’ on special days of the year.

Adding further emphasize on holidays for domestic cricketers, from this year onwards, BCCI is determined not to held domestic matches during festivals such as Diwali and Holi. It was highlighted in the meet that in the previous season, domestic tournaments were held during the festive dates keeping away cricketers from their family and near ones.

Another development in domestic cricket would be the push-forward for curated and quality pitches. Domestic matches are being played on average grounds. There are appointed curators for each match, but the quality of pitches has been marginal. To promote quality in instalment of pitches, the board announced an award of rupees 10 lakhs for the best pitch in Ranji Trophy.


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