THE Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has come up with a list of recommendations in a bid to revamp their exisiting maidaan club cricket structure for the 2014-15 season. Not surprisingly,the Dr HD Kanga League was the cynosure of all discussion.
Among them,is the managing committee’s decree that ensures that the clubs presently participating in the Kanga League shall continue to remain part of the elite division while those who take part in the Kanga knockouts will henceforth be called the plate division.
While the Kanga Leagues various divisions have till now been titled alphabetically,there is also a suggestion for them to named after all senior tournaments. These are mere suggestions. The idea is to have more league games,which will ensure that each player will get maximum opportunity to show off his skills, informed MCA president Ravi Savant.
The committee has also recommended that the historic league be scheduled in September with special care being taken to ensure that there is play on all weekends without a single break. While the senior division matches will be played for a one-and-a-half day duration while the lower division matches will be one-day affairs.
With this programme in place,the season can be completed in three and a half months. The season will be divided in two parts,from mid-September to mid-November and then from mid-January to February end. There will be a two-month window for school,college and age-group cricket, Savant added. The knockout teams,which are in large number that will play in the plate league will be divided in 10 groups of 13 teams each. The teams could be divided on the basis of location and each group can be named after existing tournaments Cosmo or Kurla Bapat.
The league format will promote good competition between batsmen and bowlers. It’s a suggestion,which has been floated and if it’s agreed then this will come into practice from the 2014-15 season, Savant explained.