The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has invited former India opener Aakash Chopra to their technical committee meeting on February 17 and have asked him to compile a list of suggestions to improve domestic cricket in India. Chopra,who has played an integral role in Rajasthan’s back-to-back Ranji Trophy triumphs,has been a regular columnist in a number of national newspapers,when he has not been busy penning books. And he has generally focused his writing on affairs surrounding domestic cricket.
We had a long chat during the Mumbai-Rajasthan Ranji game here. At the end of it,I told him that since he has so many ideas,why not compile them and send to the BCCI. We will pass it on to the technical committee and see what can be done, BCCI chief administrative officer Ratnakar Shetty told Sportsline. A captain and coaches meeting did use to be a regular fixture in the Indian board’s schedule till three years ago,but the practice was stopped due to the unavailability of techincal committee chief Sunil Gavaskar. And the meeting that Chopra is set to attend will be the first meeting of the technical committee under new chairman Sourav Ganguly. Shetty recalled the captain and coaches meetings of the past as having been of major help in developing and enhancing the state of domestic cricket in the country.
Some observations or some pertinent point that would emerge from there used to be of great help to us. And it is only because the chairman or secretary have not been available regularly that this meeting hasn’t taken place in a while. We have always welcomed views that can help Indian cricket, Shetty added.
Chopra,meanwhile,revealed that his major points include issues about the points system used for the Ranji Trophy,its format,the pitches used domestically and the existence of too many irrelevant tournaments.
The International Cricket Council’s (ICC) suggestion to all its affiliate boards to try out the various experimental laws in their respective domestic tournaments will also be taken up for discussion. One of these pertains to allowing bowling of two bouncers per over (as against one per over). Some of the other changes in one-day laws like using two new balls from either end of the pitch and the no-runner rule are already being implemented in our domestic cricket this season, Shetty said.