Domestic season to start with Hazare Trophy, pre-quarters for Ranji Trophy

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New Delhi: The BCCI technical committee on Monday proposed a slew of recommendations including starting the 2018-19 domestic season with the national one- day championship for the Vijay Hazare Trophy and incorporating an extra round of matches in the Ranji Trophy.

During a two-and-a-half-hour meeting in Kolkata, there were elaborate discussions on whether the Ranji Trophy could be played with kookaburra balls instead of the currently used SG Test.

One of the key suggestions placed was the introduction of Round of 16 (pre-quarter-final) matches in Ranji Trophy.

“After the Captain-Coaches’ Conclave in Mumbai, most of the state team skippers wanted a per-quarterfinal to be added. Now we have four groups with two teams qualifying for the quarterfinal.

“Captains feel that knockouts should start from the pre-quarters itself, so technical committee wants a round of 16 to be included. It would mean eight extra matches and also one extra match for 16 teams,” a member of the technical…

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