No Elevation in Ranji Trophy for North-Eastern States Soon
North-Eastern states have expressed a wish to be the part of the first-class set-up at the earliest in the domestic format, but the request was denied by the Committee of Administrators (COA) led by Vinod Rai.
Request for Status:
The states included Mizoram, Manipur, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Nagaland which methodically demanded to be the part of the premier domestic championship in the country.
The plea for Ranji status of the six states was quashed by Supreme Court-appointed CoA as of now, after hearing the demands adding that the ranking would certainly require the procedure owing to the elevation in the domestic structure as per the Code of the Conduct.
The Hearing for Salvation:
Following to the abrupt no for the status in the Ranji season for 2017-18, the members of the CoA heard the request from different states to its length and breadth, as they are further bound to observe the activities of the members of the cricket governing body Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Owing the systematic assessment of the state cricket, the states mentioned above could fetch the status while considering the best performance in the domestic set-up which is further based on the age-group categories particularly owing to these Northeast states of India.
According to the fresh report, the side will feature in the grouping to be the combined part of the Under-23 followed by U-19 and U-16 respectively.
However, evidently the CoA members further revealed it was not possible for the upcoming season, as the schedule has been already drafted for the Ranji Trophy by the managing body.
Moreover, by the Lodha recommendation, Board further made a handbook available to raise the awareness among the professionals, as the manual has been titled as: “100 Things Every Professional Cricketer Must Know”.
“The document will now be the official BCCI Cricketer’s Handbook. It has 10 sections on various topics related to professional cricket, which will guide young cricketers,” a statement said.
The New Constitution:
Notably, the Ranji elevation is bound to take quality time for such states. The apex court is scheduled to give the verdict on September 19 owing to the new constitution which would be eventually submitted by the CoA in next week.
However, while settling down on the one-state one-vote policy, the CoA is likely to witness five members during the selection process within the different committees.
On the other side, the administration would rely on the Lodha reformation which has detailed about the age and tenure cap including the cooling-off period.
Moreover, the draft was thoroughly discussed with the Cyril Amarchand legal firm’s legal representatives.
As the immediate inclusion was tackled by the interim members of the committee, the report further suggested that different states would be considered for the first-rate domestic tournament while observing the performance of the different categories at the state-level.
It becomes pertinent that BCCI’s general manager Ratnakar Shetty would be at the helm to work alongside different states.
The Lodha Recommendations suggested six states shall be the part of the BCCI, as Full-Time Members which was eventually given a green signal by the apex body.
Earlier, the Lodha Committee has come up with the reformation to overhaul and eventually set the house in order following the chaos in the national Board.
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