BCCI Announces Domestic Cricket Reforms Eliminating Toss in CK Nayudu Trophy

The 2024-25 domestic season dates are to be officially announced by the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India). Therefore, we will witness a few new reforms under the BCCI Apex Council’s approval.

As a result, the upcoming domestic cricket season 2024-25 season will have more gap between the matches, allowing enough amount of recovery time for players. Therefore, it makes sure to maintain peak performances throughout the season. Also, the prestigious and elegant Ranji Trophy is set to be played in 2 phases.

BCCI Secretary Jay Shah about Domestic Cricket Reforms

Jay Shah, Secretary of BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) says that the season will start with the Duleep Trophy tournament, which features 4 teams selected by national selectors.

Right after that, the Irani Cup tournament will be the next one to take place.

Also, he added that there will be 2 tournaments after these. Primarily, the Ranji Trophy’s first 5 league games (per team) are split into two halves. Secondarily, it will be followed by — the T20 competition, the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and the 50-over tournament, the Vijay Hazare Trophy.

Therefore Jay Shah says the season conclusion will be the 2 remaining league games of the Ranji trophy and knockout stages.

New Point System to be Adopted by CK Nayadu Trophy Tournament

On top of that, the CK Nayadu Trophy, which is an under-23 domestic state tournament, will be adopting a new point system focused on balancing performances. However, this includes rewards for batting and bowling performances along with the 1st innings lead or outright win.

A review will be conducted during the season’s end which will further enhance the positive impact of this new system. However, its implementation in the upcoming Ranji Trophy season will require a discussion and decision.

Also, CK Nayadu Trophy games will have no tosses occurring and instead the decision will be taken by the visiting teams whether to bat or bowl first.

Approval Required from the BCCI Apex Council

Every Women’s Interzonal tournament including — one-day span, T20, and Multiday formats, will feature teams chosen by the national selectors.

Also, careful scheduling is being planned to ensure players receive a lot of game time and minimise the weather impact or weather disruptions.

Therefore these recommendations are formed from a working group that includes — Rahul Dravid (Indian men’s cricket head coach), VVS Laxman (National Cricket Academy chief), Ajit Agarkar (Men’s chief selector), and Abey Kuruvilla (Former Indian pace bowler).

However, the BCCI general manager confirmed that approval of the BCCI Apex Council will be required to implement this system.

What was the main idea of BCCI to Implement this system?

The main idea of BCCI behind implementing this system was to put a full stop to the trend of home teams’ doctoring pitches. Especially, the spinning tracks, and winning under-23 matches. However, these are only one level below the Ranji Trophy but hold great importance in the domestic system.

As we know tossing has been an important element of the sport. Although, this is the 1st time BCCI is eliminating the toss in domestic cricket. Similarly, the English Cricket Board also eliminated the toss in County Championship games for four seasons which were held between 2016 to 2019 (before it was reintroduced in the 2020 season).

The Ranji Trophy split into 2 phases

Amongst the other important decisions, the BCCI had announced that the Ranji Trophy will be split into 2 phases. Wherein the first 5 games of the tournament will be played after the Duleep Trophy and the Irani Cup. Later this will be followed by other whiteball tournaments such as the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and the Vijay Hazare Trophy.

The last 2 Ranji league matches and the knockout stages will be scheduled at the end of the domestic season.

BCCI to confirm the Tournament Date and Timing

Meanwhile, the BCCI has not issued or confirmed the tournament dates and the start timings of the Ranji Trophy. Although, it was decided to advance in October, that too after many teams started complaining about their matches. It was because of the matches in the North and East Zone which were deterred by bad weather in January.

However, Jay Shah stated that scheduling matches are considered carefully to minimize the impact of weather disruptions. 

The Increase in the Gap between matches

BCCI had followed a suggestion that was given by India’s fast bowling allrounder Shardul Thakur in March. As a result, they have decided to increase the gap between the Ranji Trophy matches.

Regarding this change, Jay Shah clarified saying that this increased gap between matches will allow players to have more than sufficient time for recovery. Also, the players can maintain their peak performance throughout the entire season.

In March, Shardul Thakur initially came up with a suggestion to have more than a 3-day gap between Ranji Trophy matches. He proposed this idea to prevent injuries to the players. Also, he expressed that we are playing First-Class matches and it would be very difficult to cope with 3-day gaps. Therefore he strongly kept his opinions forward saying that if the players keep playing the same way for more than 2 seasons, we will have to see many injuries across the country.

BCCI had considered his words as a caution and planned to bring about this change in domestic cricket.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *