Captains' conclave throws up some novel suggestions

A one day Ranji conclave took place in Mumbai today with the captains and coaches of various Ranji teams.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:06 IST
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Mumbai:A one day Ranji conclave took place in Mumbai today with the captains and coaches of various Ranji teams suggesting that Ranji Trophy games could perhaps to converted from four-day to five-day games. Novel suggestions ranging from doing away with the toss to avoid playing any first-class fixtures in north zone centres beset with winter fog in December/January were aired at the conclave of captains and coaches. All the suggestions were given to the BCCI's technical committee chaired by Sunil Gavaskar, and they will now be presented to the working committee. There were also discussions about the lack of quality of the balls being used in domestic cricket and umpiring standards. Twenty seven units affiliated to the BCCI were represented at the conclave which was presided over by Dalmiya and BCCI's technical committee chairman Sunil Gavaskar. Gavaskar, addressing the media persons, said the idea to do away with the toss to prevent home teams from preparing pitches loaded in their own favour came from the BCCI's side. "From the technical committee's side, we suggested that one way to avoid this is to do away with the toss. It's one of the laws of the game, I know. We have told them to go back to their respective units, discuss the suggestion and write back to us within three weeks' time," Gavaskar said. Endorsing Dalmiya's opening remarks to the media that the conclave saw free and frank discussions, Gavaskar described it as a "terrific interactive session. The fact that so many (umpires) turned up mean they all felt that last year's conclave had been of great help."
(With PTI inputs)

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