BCCI Working Committee Decides to hold Ranji Matches at Neutral venues

Cuttack: The four day first Annual Conclave of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) concluded at Dharamshala in Hamachal Pradesh last week.  The BCCI Working Committee meeting, which was held on the concluding day, took many important decisions.

Apart from appointing Anil Kumble as Head Coach of the Indian Cricket Team the working committee on the recommendations of the technical committee also decided to hold Ranji Trophy matches at neutral venues. The board also decided to explore options of hosting Mini IPL overseas in September. The Working Committee also approved the suggestions of the Junior Committee that suggested Under 19 Cricketers can represent India only once in the ICC Under 19 World Cup and any player entering the system at Under 19 stage can play only two seasons of Under 19 cricket.

Further, BCCI also decided to keep aside a separate marketing budget in the coming season to popularize Test Cricket. BCCI and the State Units will work together towards promotion and marketing of International matches. BCCI will enter into Venue agreements with the associations hosting international matches in the coming season, defining their roles and responsibilities and minimum standards required.

Working Committee decided to start a new T20 league in place of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. First, all state teams will play an Inter zonal league in their respective zones. All five zones selecting a zonal side to play an Inter Zonal League will follow it. It also approved the proposal of Media Committee to issue an Annual Season Media Accreditation card.

BCCI will also start annual awards for state associations in the following categories: Best Website, Best Facebook page, Best Twitter Handle, Best Instagram, Best Media Facility, Best Media Operations. This will encourage state associations to be more transparent and professional.

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