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This is quite early but there have been some developments in terms of scheduling next season. I hope we can use this thread for all related news. Teams demand less gruelling Ranji schedule http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/story/623618.html

The captains and coaches of all the domestic teams in India were unanimous in demanding more time between Ranji Trophy matches during the annual captains and coaches' conclave that was held on Tuesday in Mumbai. This was one of the many suggestions put forth at the conclave that was also attended by technical committee chairman Anil Kumble, BCCI president N Srinivasan, secretary Sanjay Jagdale and Ratnakar Shetty, general manager, cricket development. The 79th edition of the Ranji Trophy was played by 27 teams that were divided into three groups of nine teams each. The number of matches played was also more than previous seasons. In about two months, every team played eight games and, except for a week-long break at some stage, teams often played four-day games with a break of only three days in between. The scheduling not only affected the fitness of players but also resulted in some teams opting for a first-innings lead instead of trying to gain an outright victory. For the BCCI, scheduling remains a tricky aspect, given that a plethora of domestic tournaments are played in a limited time frame. However, Kumble assured teams that their concerns would be addressed. One of the options the technical committee and the fixtures committee may explore is to introduce a four-day gap between matches at least in the latter half of the league stage. "We could have some matches played after a gap of three days, while others could have a four-day break in between. We will have to see how it works," Kumble told reporters after the two-hour meeting. Former India left-arm spinner Sunil Joshi, who has been coaching the Hyderabad team for the last two seasons, endorsed Kumble's suggestion. "Ideally, every team would want at least a break of four days before every game but since it's practically difficult to implement, it would help a lot if the teams got longer breaks in the latter half of the season," Joshi said. "The fatigue starts creeping in as the tournament progresses. That is where the additional break can be helpful." While Bengal coach WV Raman suggested that both captains and managers should be asked to submit their assessment of the wicket after every match, a section of coaches felt the teams needed extra motivation to go for an outright victory rather than settling for drab draws after attaining the first innings lead. "We have seen several instances of teams opting against enforcing a follow-on, despite gaining a big first-innings lead, and opting to bat on instead. If an additional point is rewarded for enforcing the follow-on, it could make such games more interesting," Joshi said. Another suggestion, which was backed by almost everyone present at the meeting, was to stage the Ranji Trophy knock-out games at neutral venues. "There was a suggestion and the technical committee will discuss the issue during its meeting," Kumble said. Mumbai coach Sulakshan Kulkarni suggested that the Vijay Hazare Trophy, the national limited-overs championship, also be staged in a format similar to the Ranji Trophy. While the Ranji Trophy is played in a three-tier league stage followed by knock-outs, the Vijay Hazare Trophy starts with a zonal league that covers five regions. The two top teams from each zone then progress to the national knock-outs. "It pits the same teams against each other in the preliminary stage, like the old Ranji Trophy format," Kulkarni said. The suggestion, however, is unlikely to be implemented. "It will be a logistical nightmare," Kumble said. Some of the teams raised concerns over umpiring standards. The major concerns centred around the decision-making abilities of umpires and uniformity in judging the quality of light during matches. "Everyone went by their own experiences and made their suggestions. The teams who were affected expressed their concerns. But the overall standards of umpiring have improved," Kumble said. The suggestions will now be discussed in detail by the technical committee which could meet in the third week of March, according to Kumble.
Neutral venues for Ranji knockouts being considered http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/current/story/626296.html
"Everybody was receptive [to the idea]. More than the neutral venues, what has been recommended is a suggestive list of venues," said Kumble, who replaced Sourav Ganguly as the head of the technical committee last October. "In the coming season we don't have much of international cricket in India, [so] it is important to identify the neutral venues."

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What they can do to improve scheduling is get rid of meaningless rubbish tournaments like Mushtaq Ali and Challenger series to name two... season can hence start earlier and end later...

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The BCCI technical committee, in its first meeting chaired by Anil Kumble, was in favour of scheduling Ranji Trophy knockout matches at neutral venues, and longer gaps between matches, although no decisions were taken in Mumbai. "Everybody was receptive [to the idea]. More than the neutral venues, what has been recommended is a suggestive list of venues," said Kumble, who replaced Sourav Ganguly as the head of the technical committee last October. "In the coming season we don't have much of international cricket in India, [so] it is important to identify the neutral venues." In the captains and coaches conclave on March 5, the teams had been equivocal in demanding that Ranji league games to be spaced out. They felt a three-day gap between league games was too small to recover. Kumble said the technical committee was also thinking on similar lines. "We felt at the start of the season a three-day break is good enough," Kumble said. "But in the latter part of the season, we will certainly look at a minimum of a four-day break. There was also a discussion about the weather in various parts of India. Winter in the north, east and certain parts of central; and certain parts of south has little bit of late monsoon. So, that was also discussed. "This was just a preliminary meeting. We did discuss about the outcome of the captains and coaches conclave. We will soon have a meeting in April and at that time we will get into what needs to be recommended to the BCCI for the coming season." The meeting was attended by all the members of the newly-formed committee, except for chairman of selectors Sandeep Patil, who was in Delhi for India's fourth Test against Australia. Besides the other committee members, including Kumble, Vinay Lamba, MSK Prasad, Deep Dasgupta, Shashikant Khandkar, Mahendra Rajdev, Debasis Mohanty and VK Ramaswamy, BCCI's general manager (cricket development) Ratnakar Shetty also attended the meeting.

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They should give more points for outright wins. E.g. they should give 12 points for an outright win while only giving 4 points for first innings lead. Only then can you encourage teams to go for the win. The current point system is senseless.
I think the first innings lead should be scrapped and instead we need to introduce batting & bowling points for the first innings of both teams.. that was proposed in Akash chopra's recommendations last year

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I think the first innings lead should be scrapped and instead we need to introduce batting & bowling points for the first innings of both teams.. that was proposed in Akash chopra's recommendations last year
Yeah, either way, there's just not enough incentive to go for the win. There should be a huge difference in the number of points awarded for outright wins as against draws.

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I think it is fine the way it is now. Just introduce sporting pitches. The points given for an outright win/ innings win are double that of a first innings lead. Point system based on number of runs scored/etc will be the same thing. Plus saying 300 runs gives a team so many points will not take into account the different playing conditions across the coutnry. It is not like if a team that has qualified for the knockouts and a knockout match follows in 3-4 days would care whether they achieve outright win. You want your bowlers and players to have enough rest and that's why a lot of captains play it safe. So that means, increase the time period between games rather than these incentives for money, point based on scoring/wickets taken, etc. Basically, tackle the fundamental problems first : rest time, pitches, and umpiring standards.

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Point system based on number of runs scored/etc will be the same thing. Plus saying 300 runs gives a team so many points will not take into account the different playing conditions across the coutnry.
Thats why you need to have both bowling & batting points.. which takes care of playing conditions. Surely this will favor the stronger & attacking teams.

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I think it is fine the way it is now. Just introduce sporting pitches. The points given for an outright win/ innings win are double that of a first innings lead. Point system based on number of runs scored/etc will be the same thing. Plus saying 300 runs gives a team so many points will not take into account the different playing conditions across the coutnry. It is not like if a team that has qualified for the knockouts and a knockout match follows in 3-4 days would care whether they achieve outright win. You want your bowlers and players to have enough rest and that's why a lot of captains play it safe. So that means, increase the time period between games rather than these incentives for money, point based on scoring/wickets taken, etc. Basically, tackle the fundamental problems first : rest time, pitches, and umpiring standards.
Just having sporting pitches is not going to help. At the moment, teams want to conserve their bowlers more at the expense of not winning. Even with huge first innings lead, teams don't enforce the follow-on. The only incentive is to make the points gap between a win and a draw so huge that winning becomes highest priority.

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That cannot work. How do you schedule matches that are timeless? Besides' date=' teams must learn to win in 5 / 4 days. If they can't win in 5 days, they don't deserve to win.[/quote'] What I meant was, the finals should have a timeless test format.

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Sports News has become an emergent source of entertainment. Now you can be well aware of whatever happening in different matches, competitions and competitions of the experience of your interest.

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Four-day gap between Ranji matches http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/story/646913.html

The BCCI has promised a four-day gap between Ranji Trophy league matches from the fourth round onwards in 2013-14. For the last few seasons, players have had to make do with a three-day break between most of the matches. This has been a cause of great discomfort for players: injuries have increased, there is no time to recover from injuries, and fast bowlers in particular have to hold back in order to make it to the next game. The BCCI has also promised that all Ranji matches will be scheduled on weekends, although it might not be possible for the five remaining matches after the third round, if the four-day gap is to be observed. The full domestic schedule will be announced on July 8. The Ranji Trophy is set to have a four-day break for Diwali after the first round. Besides, with nine teams in each group, each team gets a week off at some point during the league stage. The other significant decision made at the BCCI's technical-committee meeting was to leave the choice of the venues for knockout matches to the grounds and pitches committee. Last season's knockout matches were played on a home-away basis. So, if Mumbai had hosted Services in their last encounter, their semi-final now was to be played at Services' home ground, which meant braving the Delhi chill, fog and rain. The sides struggled to finish an innings each in that game. The BCCI's press release didn't say the venues will necessarily be neutral, but it seems to be a departure from deciding the venue based on where the two teams last faced each other. The Under-25 four-day matches will now start a day after the Ranji games have begun so that the younger players not picked for the senior side can be released to play for their respective U-25 sides. The SG Test ball will also be used for Under-25 games as well. Among the other changes, all Deodhar Trophy matches, and the knockouts in the Ranji Trophy one-day matches, will be day-night fixtures. There will be no bonus points in the one-day matches. The Women's teams will be divided into Elite and Plate groups for the one-day matches and T20s.

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Interesting post and thanks for sharing for 2012-13 season, the players had asked in unison for a less grueling schedule and their demands were kept in mind during the scheduling of the upcoming season. The Board stated that there will be a gap of four days after each Ranji match. The BCCI also announced that all Ranji games will be scheduled on weekends.

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The BCCI has promised a four-day gap between Ranji Trophy league matches from the fourth round onwards in 2013-14. For the last few seasons, players have had to make do with a three-day break between most of the matches. This has been a cause of great discomfort for players: injuries have increased, there is no time to recover from injuries, and fast bowlers in particular have to hold back in order to make it to the next game. The BCCI has also promised that all Ranji matches will be scheduled on weekends, although it might not be possible for the five remaining matches after the third round, if the four-day gap is to be observed. The full domestic schedule will be announced on July 8. The Ranji Trophy is set to have a four-day break for Diwali after the first round. Besides, with nine teams in each group, each team gets a week off at some point during the league stage. The other significant decision made at the BCCI's technical-committee meeting was to leave the choice of the venues for knockout matches to the grounds and pitches committee. Last season's knockout matches were played on a home-away basis. So, if Mumbai had hosted Services in their last encounter, their semi-final now was to be played at Services' home ground, which meant braving the Delhi chill, fog and rain. The sides struggled to finish an innings each in that game. The BCCI's press release didn't say the venues will necessarily be neutral, but it seems to be a departure from deciding the venue based on where the two teams last faced each other. The Under-25 four-day matches will now start a day after the Ranji games have begun so that the younger players not picked for the senior side can be released to play for their respective U-25 sides. The SG Test ball will also be used for Under-25 games as well. Among the other changes, all Deodhar Trophy matches, and the knockouts in the Ranji Trophy one-day matches, will be day-night fixtures. There will be no bonus points in the one-day matches. The Women's teams will be divided into Elite and Plate groups for the one-day matches and T20s
Along with these facts there are few more: http://goo.gl/Mxg4E 1. In the Ranji league phase, every team will play four ‘home’ and four ‘away’ matches. The knock-out matches will be played at venues which will be identified by the ground and pitches committee in consultation with the chairman of the technical committee. 2. There will be no bonus points in one-day games and SG Test balls will be used for Ranji Trophy and Under-25 matches. The Under-16 and Under-19 matches will be played with SG Tournament Special balls. 3. Vijay Hazare Trophy matches at the knockout stage, and the Deodhar Trophy will be played under lights. 4. Ranji groups for 2013-14 Group A: Mumbai (defending champions), Punjab (semifinalists), Gujarat, Delhi, Karnataka (quarter-finalists), Orissa, Haryana, Vidarbha, Jharkhand (promoted from Group C) Group B: Saurashtra (runners-up), Services (semifinalists, promoted from Group C), Uttar Pradesh (quarterfinalists), Railways, Baroda (quarterfinalists), Madhya Pradesh, Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan Group C: Hyderabad (relegated), Maharashtra (relegated), Andhra, Assam, Kerala, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Tripura

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I think I like the there should be two bonus points on out right win,a victory of 150+ runs, by innings,8 or less wickets ,1 for 1st inning lead ,3 for victory ,5 for outright win,their should be ban on absolute patta's ,encourage sporting tracks,not tracks like saurashtra,were any Tom ,dyck and Harry can score runs,a team delibrately declaring late should be penalized .

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Schedule Announced for complete Domestic Season ... Season to start from Sept. 26th and will end on Mar 27th, 2014. It will start with NKP SALVE CHALLENGER TROPHY, Followed by Duleep Trophy, Ranji Trophy, Irani Trophy and then the Deodhar Trophy. However, the schedule for Vijay hazare Trophy and Syed mushtaq Ali Trohy is not out yet. Here you can check the schedule: http://www.bcci.tv/bcci/bccitv/community/fixtures/domesticfixture

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Former India batsman Ashok Malhotra was appointed coach of Bengal on Monday, after WV Raman returned to Tamil Nadu to take over as coach. Malhotra is a level III coach, with experience of coaching India A. "Bengal cricket has been struggling for some time. There's a lot of work to do. I truly believe we have the potential to make it count," he said. "The real work will begin after we pick the side in September. "As a commentator for last nine years, I've been shutting between Delhi and Kolkata. But now, it's like coming back home. I am so excited to return to Bengal. I personally feel I can give something back to Bengal cricket. I've given an opportunity and am looking forward to give my best." Malhotra expected batsman Manoj Tiwary to come good for Bengal. "Manoj will be out for early part of the season. But once he is back he will deliver. My main worry is the spin department. We have a good bunch of pace bowlers but the spin attack is very weak. So my primary focus will be to build a good spin department. Malhotra said two important aspects of a coach's job were man-management and ensuring that players who were experiencing a slump were given confidence. "If the dressing room is happy everything will fall into place. The advantage is in the dressing room the coach will speak in Bengali. From my personal experience, I have seen if you interact in mother tongue, then the players open up easily. That's very important. We have to move as one unit." Malhotra, a former selector, played seven Tests and 20 ODIs for India, and 156 first-class matches for Bengal and Haryana, scoring 9784 runs at 50.95. He also once held the record for the most runs in Ranji Trophy

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'Facilities in Karnataka will produce more national players'

Former India bowlers Anil Kumble and Javagal Srinath, who also hold top positions at the Karnataka State Cricket Association, are confident that the growing cricketing infrastructure around the state will help Karnataka win Ranji Trophy titles and produce more India cricketers. Both were speaking at a function in Bangalore to launch the platinum jubilee celebrations of the KSCA. Karnataka won the last of their six Ranji titles in 1998-99, winning three of those starting from the 1995-96. That era produced several cricketers who also featured for India, including Srinath, Kumble, Rahul Dravid, Venkatesh Prasad, Sunil Joshi, Vijay Bharadwaj and Dodda Ganesh. In recent years, the representation has reduced, with fast bowler Vinay Kumar the most favoured Karnataka player among the national selectors. The side came close to regaining the title in 2009-10, losing a tense final to Mumbai. The KSCA recently has spread the game to towns outside of Bangalore, hosting Ranji games in places like Shimoga, Mysore and Hubli and the spectator response has been encouraging. The team was knocked out in the quarter-finals last season but Kumble, the KSCA president, said there were positives to draw from the team's performances in recent seasons. "The infrastructure has been put in place not just in Bangalore but other parts of Karnataka. It will take some time and I'm sure it will come up," Kumble said. "We have a good, young team which had done exceptionally well in the last year. They came close, losing out to Saurashtra. It's just the matter of one moment that you need to take to the cricket field in a difficult time. That's something that with experience they will come good and hopefully this season we can win the Ranji Trophy. "Having said that, with all the infrastructure and the developments that have happened, I can assure you that in the years to come there will be a lot more victories to celebrate and greater representation in the Indian team as well from Karnataka." Srinath, the KSCA secretary, said titles would come so long as players from across the state have access to similar facilities that are available within Bangalore. "Our objective has been to take the game to all the jurisdictions of KSCA. We need to replicate what we have in Mysore or Bangalore or even better," Srinath told ESPNcricinfo. "The kids in and around these districts will have access to anything and everything. There is a uniformity in terms of infrastructure which is very crucial to us. Turf wickets are a must, we don't believe in matting wickets. "Unless you have uniformity in infrastructure it's going to be tough for us to expect the players to play the same kind of cricket." Vinay is an example of an outstation player who has come made it to the national team and Srinath felt that the number of such players will only increase.

:fear: "There is tremendous talent," he said. "You normally have four to five guys from outside Bangalore and with this infrastructure I expect more people." The KSCA has several events planned over the months as part of its celebrations, including a live discussion featuring Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Kapil Dev, Richard Hadlee, Sunil Gavaskar and Bishen Bedi, on August17. There will also be a discussion on club cricket in Karnataka, featuring Srinath, Dravid and author Ramachandra Guha. :dance:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/current/story/660031.html

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sound like lip service to me' date='I dont see any promising cricketer from karnataka on the horizon and even the good ones like Manish pandey are floundering and no where near even the A team anymore.[/quote'] Talent search is not wide enough. Bengalore monopoly like Chennai monopoly in tamilnadu. A very few players from other places.

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Ramesh Powar switches to Rajasthan Ramesh Powar , the former India offspinner, has shifted from his home team of Mumbai to Rajasthan, signing a two-year contract. Powar played five of the 11 matches in Mumbai's run to the Ranji title last season, but had little success himself, only managing six wickets at 82.16. Powar said that his former team-mate and current Rajasthan captain Hrishikesh Kanitkar had convinced him to make the switch to a team that has won the Ranji Trophy twice in the last three seasons. "The presence of Hrishi would add to [my] confidence," Powar told PTI. "He understands the game well and is composed and focused. He has become a better cricketer after his stint with Rajasthan. I hope I too will benefit from my decision of playing for Rajasthan." The stocky Powar said he had worked hard on his fitness so that he could deliver for Rajasthan. "It was a challenge for me to lose weight. I have worked hard because I feel playing for Rajasthan ushers in a new innings for me. I want to contribute in all departments and that is why I wanted to be in best shape." Having made his first-class debut back in the 1999-2000 season, Powar has plenty of experience. "I want to give back to the game. I would be happy if I am able to nurture a few youngsters in Rajasthan during my two-year stint. I always love to impart tips to upcoming spinners." Among the spinners Powar will get to work with in Rajasthan are offspinner Madhur Khatri and left-arm spinner Gajendra Singh. It has been nearly six years since Powar last represented India, but even at 35, he dreams of returning to the national team. "I still hope to play for the country. A couple of good performances can turn the things your way. You never know. More over there is dearth of quality spinners in country."

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Harmeet to play for Vidarbha Harmeet Singh, the young left-arm spinner from Mumbai who was in the news after being questioned in the IPL spot-fixing probe, will play for Vidarbha in the forthcoming domestic season. After drawing praise from the likes of Ian Chappell during India's triumphant Under-19 World Cup campaign last year, Harmeet played for Rest of India during the Irani Cup match in September 2012, and also played in the Challenger Trophy. However, he was not a part of Mumbai's Ranji Trophy squad during the season due to a finger injury and poor form. The Vidarbha Cricket Association approached Harmeet in July and the spinner grabbed the opportunity, aiming to play his first full season of domestic cricket.

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Harmeet to play for Vidarbha Harmeet Singh, the young left-arm spinner from Mumbai who was in the news after being questioned in the IPL spot-fixing probe, will play for Vidarbha in the forthcoming domestic season. After drawing praise from the likes of Ian Chappell during India's triumphant Under-19 World Cup campaign last year, Harmeet played for Rest of India during the Irani Cup match in September 2012, and also played in the Challenger Trophy. However, he was not a part of Mumbai's Ranji Trophy squad during the season due to a finger injury and poor form. The Vidarbha Cricket Association approached Harmeet in July and the spinner grabbed the opportunity, aiming to play his first full season of domestic cricket.
IPL spot-fixing: Innocent Harmeet Singh has nowhere to go http://www.dnaindia.com/sport/1871964/report-ipl-spot-fixing-innocent-harmeet-singh-has-nowhere-to-go
Fast forward to August 2013 and Harmeet’s career hangs in the balance. A witness in the IPL spot-fixing scandal, he has got a clean chit from the Delhi Police. But the BCCI is yet to lift its suspension. What’s more, Vidarbha, the team he was to represent in the 2013-14 domestic season, has closed the door on the left-arm spinner. It is reliably learnt that the Vidarbha Cricket Association, headquartered in Nagpur, decided at its recent AGM that it didn’t want a “problem child” on its player roster. A top VCA official told dna on the condition of anonymity that there was no way the association would take Harmeet on board. “Even if the BCCI gives him a clean chit, we don’t want him. It’s a policy decision,” the official said. And yes, Harmeet was not allowed to represent the side in any of the pre-season tournaments
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Azharuddin offered J&K coach position

Mohammad Azharuddin, the former India captain whose life ban for indulging in match-fixing was overturned last year by the Andhra Pradesh High Court, has been offered the post of Jammu & Kashmir coach. Farooq Abdullah, president of the Jammu & Kashmir Cricket Association, confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that Azharuddin, now a Member of Parliament from Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh, was offered the position that has been vacant since Bishan Singh Bedi's exit after the end of last season. "We still haven't reached the final decision," Abdullah said. Mujeeb Khan, Azharuddin's secretary, said the former batsman hadn't made up his mind. "He has been offered the post of coach by JKCA but he hasn¹t decided whether to take it or not," Mujeeb said. "They want to avail of whatever services he could render. He is seriously considering it since he is desperate to give back to the game that has been so close to his heart." Even if Azharuddin accepts the offer, his return to the cricket field, albeit as a coach, won't be easy. When the BCCI banned Azharuddin for life in 2000, he was barred from participating in any cricketing activity. Though the ban was deemed illegal by the Andhra Pradesh High Court in November 2012, a BCCI official said Azharuddin cannot return to cricket in any role without the board's permission since the ruling has been challenged. "The High Court verdict was based on a technicality. Nowhere did the court say he is not guilty of indulging in fixing," the board official said. "Since the proceedings to challenge the verdict have been initiated, as far as the BCCI is concerned, any association that wants to appoint him in any capacity cannot do so without the board's consent." Since being banned, Azharuddin, 50, has had no involvement in cricket-related matters. Besides Azharuddin, Ajay Sharma was also banned for life and hasn't been active in cricket. Ajay Jadeja, whose five-year ban was overturned by the BCCI, returned to domestic cricket for a couple of seasons before becoming a cricket expert on television. Manoj Prabhakar, who was also banned for five years, turned a coach after serving his ban and was the bowling coach of Delhi.

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Ganguly to head Bengal's coaching committee

Sourav Ganguly, the former India captain, has been named chairman of Bengal's cricket coaching committee. The committee's primary job will be to organise coaching camps in Bengal to develop the cricketers in the state. Ganguly was previously head of Bengal's cricket development committee, which included former cricketers Ashok Malhotra and Arun Lal. According to PTI, Cricket Association of Bengal president Jagmohan Dalmiya said that that particular committee was unnecessary at the moment. "As of now there's no need of cricket development committee," Dalmiya said. "If need be, we will once again call the committee." Malhotra will take over as coach of the Bengal senior team for the 2013-14 season, replacing former India batsman WV Raman, who had cut his term short last month citing family reasons. Malhotra, a middle-order batsman, had played seven Tests and 20 ODIs between 1982 and 1986. He was prolific on the domestic scene for Bengal though, at one time the record holder for the most runs in the Ranji Trophy: 7274 at 52.49 with 18 hundreds. After retiring, Malhotra had a run as a Test selector. Bengal had a poor last season in the Ranji Trophy, winning only one game in eight and losing four to finish seventh out of nine teams in Group A.

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So repeating the points before the tournament starts: 1. In the Ranji league phase, every team will play four ‘home’ and four ‘away’ matches. The knock-out matches will be played at venues which will be identified by the ground and pitches committee in consultation with the chairman of the technical committee. 2. SG Test balls will be used for Ranji Trophy. 3. Ranji groups for 2013-14 Group A: Mumbai (defending champions), Punjab (semifinalists), Gujarat, Delhi, Karnataka (quarter-finalists), Orissa, Haryana, Vidarbha, Jharkhand (promoted from Group C) Group B: Saurashtra (runners-up), Services (semifinalists, promoted from Group C), Uttar Pradesh (quarterfinalists), Railways, Baroda (quarterfinalists), Madhya Pradesh, Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan Group C: Hyderabad (relegated), Maharashtra (relegated), Andhra, Assam, Kerala, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Tripura 4.All the Ranji Trophy matches scheduled on weekends. 5. Action starts defending champions Mumbai in away game vs.Haryana Oct 27-30

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Tendulkar might play against Haryana Oct 27th! :hatsoff: http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/story/679781.html

Sachin Tendulkar could play his final domestic match when Mumbai face Haryana in the Ranji Trophy Sachin Tendulkar will warm up for his farewell Test series by appearing in Mumbai's Ranji Trophy opener against Haryana, to be played in Lahli from October 27 to 30. A day before Mumbai's selection panel, headed by former India opener Sudhir Naik, is to select the squad for the match and name the captain for the season, Mumbai Cricket Association joint secretary Nitin Dalal confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that Tendulkar "has made himself available" for the Ranji match. Tendulkar will then join the Indian team one last time for the two-Test series starting on November 6. He had announced his decision to retire after the second Test, his 200th, to be played at his home ground, the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. After leaving international cricket, Tendulkar is unlikely to return to the domestic circuit, so Mumbai's match against Haryana may mark Tendulkar's last appearance in Indian domestic cricket. He had made his maiden first-class appearance almost 25 years ago, against Gujarat on December 10, 1988, and has played 37 Ranji Trophy games so far over the years. Despite wanting to be part of the Mumbai dressing room more often, a packed international calendar prevented him from doing so. After retiring from ODIs last year, Tendulkar appeared in four Ranji games for Mumbai last season, scoring two centuries and a fifty in five innings. It was the first time since 1994-95 that he played more than three Ranji games in a season.
List of his Ranji Matches. http://cricketarchive.com/Yorkshire/Players/1/1933/Ranji_Trophy_Matches.html

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These players have changed their playing states: http://goo.gl/UCKuHl MEN SR.NO GUEST PLAYER [A] Playing for Andhra Cricket Association 1 Amol Muzumdar Playing for Assam Cricket Association 1 Niraj Patel 2 Dheeraj Jadhav 3 Syed Jamaludeen Mohammed [C] Playing for Baroda Cricket Association 1 Munaf Patel 2 Ambati Rayudu 3 Faysal Dudhat [D] Playing for Goa Cricket Association 1 Ravikant Shukla [E] Playing for Gujarat Cricket Association 1 Yalaka Venugopal Rao 2 Rakesh Dhruve [F] Playing for Haryana Cricket Association 1 Avi Barot [G] Playing for Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association 1 Bipul Sharma [H] Playing for Jharkhand State Cricket Association 1 Bhavin Thakkar 2 Bhavik Thaker 3 Aakash Verma Playing for Rajasthan Cricket Association 1 Ramesh Powar 2 Hrishikesh Kanitkar [J] Playing for Tripura Cricket Association 1 K.B Pawan 2 Syed Abbas Ali 3 Yogesh Takawale [K] Playing for Vidarbha Cricket Association 1 Rashmi Ranjan Parida 2 Hemang Badani

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For Sachin's match at Lahli, all 8000 tickets sold out. The pitch there has historically been heavily loaded in favour of bowlers. There was a report on CNN IBN y'day which said Haryana Cricket Association is trying to ensure the match lasts 4 days and BCCI's chief curator Daljeet SIngh has been camping at Rohtak.

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For Sachin's match at Lahli' date=' all 8000 tickets sold out. The pitch there has historically been heavily loaded in favour of bowlers. T[b']here was a report on CNN IBN y'day which said Haryana Cricket Association is trying to ensure the match lasts 4 days and BCCI's chief curator Daljeet SIngh has been camping at Rohtak.
:facepalm: Let it be how it has been.

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The Haryana Cricket Association (HCA) will keep 2,800 seats empty as part of its stringent security arrangements, so that Sachin Tendulkar could focus on the Ranji Trophy game against Haryana - possibly his last domestic game - in Lahli from Sunday. The Chaudhary Bansi Lal Stadium near Rohtak can accommodate only 8,000 spectators, but since the security of Tendulkar and other players is paramount, the HCA is regulating the entry of spectators. All available 5,200 seats have already been taken up, largely by the people from Lahli and its surrounding areas. About 400 of these seats have been earmarked for the HCA guests for a match that is no more being treated as just a "domestic game" as Tendulkar will retire from Test cricket after two more matches against the West Indies that will take his tally to 200. Broadcaster STAR India too has suddenly got interested and it will telecast live the four-day Mumbai-Haryana game, which could turn out to be Tendulkar's last Ranji tie as he enters his 25th first-class season since making his debut in December 1989. "The capacity of the stadium is 8,000, but we have decided to keep 2,800 seats vacant on the second floor of the pavilion that also has the teams' dressing rooms. The entry for players to the stadium and for fans [to go to the second floor] is from the same gate, the main one," HCA secretary Anirudh Chaudhry told MAIL TODAY. "So, to channelise entry into the stadium we will keep those seats empty. Only players, people involved in the broadcast of the match, volunteers, and the media will be allowed from the main gate. This much traffic will be easily manageable," he said. "We have taken this measure to avoid an incident when someone gets excited and tries to barge into the dressing room." Chaudhry, also the BCCI treasurer, said that all free tickets have been distributed. "Certain tickets have been allocated to district units, and some to Lahli village's youth. Tickets have been allocated to players and officials, and also to those who have come to our stadium to request for tickets and whose names we have duly noted down in a copy [as part of security measures]," he disclosed. "We have reached our seating capacity already. All seating is complimentary tickets." HCA has especially hired private security guards for the match. "We are trying to ensure good playing conditions. We have engaged the services of a security agency. Besides, the local administration is also making plans to maintain law and order," said Chaudhry. Tendulkar will need peace around the dressing room as the curator has said that he would prepare a green top for the game. "We will make the pitch as per the BCCI manual. It will have a green top. The best part is that no HCA official interferes in pitch preparations," curator Jasmer Singh told Mail Today. "But we all want Sachin to stay at the wicket for the longest possible time and score a century, at least." The pitch remains lively as the water-level is unusually high in Lahli. At places water is found only two to four foot below the ground, and that helps in keeping the pitch and outfield green. Daljeet Singh, head of the BCCI pitch and ground committee, inspected the venue on Sunday. Chaudhry stressed that no instructions have been given to the curator. "Last year, Umesh Yadav played for Vidarbha and we lost that match," he said. Yadav returned a five-wicket haul to skittle out Haryana for a mere 55 in the first innings, and bagged two more in the second to ensure an eight-wicket win. It will be the 25th Ranji Trophy match in Lahli, since the venue made its first-class debut seven years ago with a Haryana-Andhra game. In the 24 matches so far, the highest team total has been 500/9 declared by Haryana against Jharkhand in November 2008. And there have been seven instances of teams getting all out inside 100 runs. In all, 27 centuries have been scored at this venue, the highest individual score being Yusuf Pathan's 195 for Baroda against Haryana in 2010-11. Read more at: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/sachin-tendulkar-ranji-trophy-haryana-cricket-association-chaudhary-bansi-lal-stadium-rohtak/1/319672.html

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The TV report said something else. The broadcasters and local association want it to last 4 days and thats why Daljeet SIngh has been spending extra time there. Was planning to go to the match on Sunday, may not go now going by reports of no tickets being available.

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