36 teams likely to participate in next Ranji Trophy.
The Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) has finally decided to induct a team from Uttarakhand in the Ranji Trophy, thus ending an 18-year wait.
Meanwhile, a nine-member ‘consensus committee’ met to oversee the state’s domestic debut in the upcoming season. CoA chairman, Vinod Rai confirmed Uttarakhand would be making its Ranji debut after the meeting.
The committee consists of six members from different cricket associations, one Uttarakhand government nominee, and two BCCI nominees. CoA member Diana Edulji and BCCI CEO, Rahul Johri were also part of the meeting.
“They (all rival associations in Uttarakhand) have swept aside their differences to ensure that a team from Uttarakhand plays Ranji Trophy and other BCCI tournaments from the upcoming season. So, by consensus, a committee has been formed with BCCI nominees in it. It will start working from next week onwards,” Rai said.
The committee is likely to be for one year before a BCCI forms a recognised body. A lack of BCCI affiliated association has hurt the cricketers in the state.
As a result, many cricketers decided to play from other states in domestic circuits.
Meanwhile, with BCCI technical committee recommending the introduction of Bihar and other north-eastern states, the number of teams competing in Ranji Trophy could go up to 36.
Talking about the BCCI SGM on June 22, Rai reiterated it would violate CoA guidelines issued in March.
“Whatever we had to say we have said in the mail (to the BCCI employees and officer-bearers),” Rain concluded.