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Unread 03-23-2013, 09:11 PM   #1
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Ranji Trophy 2013-2014

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/co...ry/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/co...ry/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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Unread 03-23-2013, 09:39 PM   #2
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why, there are still 7 months left

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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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Giving monetary incentive, for teams to go for outright wins in Ranji,an excellent suggestion by Kumble led BCCI technical committee.

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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.

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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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Quote Originally Posted by diga View Post
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.

Unread 03-26-2013, 05:09 AM   #13
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Last season, Mumbai won only one match outright until the final. That should never happen. A team that goes for outright wins should get more encouragement than a team that settles for draws.

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They should introduce the timeless test format.

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Quote Originally Posted by I4MTW View Post
They should introduce the timeless test format.
That cannot work. How do you schedule matches that are timeless? Besides, teams must learn to win in 5 / 4 days. If they can't win in 5 days, they don't deserve to win.

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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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Quote Originally Posted by PunjabiByNature View Post
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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just have 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw/ no result and nothing for a loss

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Quote Originally Posted by PunjabiByNature View Post
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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Quote Originally Posted by Texan View Post
That cannot work. How do you schedule matches that are timeless? Besides, teams must learn to win in 5 / 4 days. If they can't win in 5 days, they don't deserve to win.
What I meant was, the finals should have a timeless test format.

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They should schedule the ranji matches such that the players who r playing in national teams r available for more matches.And the senior players like Sachin Tendulkar who r on the verge of retiring should play more matches in ranji season.

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Four-day gap between Ranji matches

http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/co...ry/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.

Unread 07-03-2013, 10:25 AM   #25
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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.

Unread 07-03-2013, 06:39 PM   #26
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Quote Originally Posted by Dexter Morgan View Post
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/commu...omesticfixture

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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. "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.
http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/co...ry/660031.html

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Quote Originally Posted by carnish View Post
'Facilities in Karnataka will produce more national players'




http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/co...ry/660031.html
sound like lip service to me,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.
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They just got the facilities. It will take atleast 4-5 years for good players to come out of the region. Don't be so impatient.

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Quote Originally Posted by cowboysfan View Post
sound like lip service to me,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.
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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^ http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/co...ry/661253.html

"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."
Couldn't be more true.
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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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when will bcci schedule the matches?
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Quote Originally Posted by MCcricket View Post
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/187196...-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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