Mumbai: The Technical Committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, headed by Sourav Ganguly, met at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, and discussed changes required for the domestic cricket circuit. Present at the meeting was Anil Kumble, member of the Special Committee formed by the BCCI, to give inputs to the Technical Committee.
Kumble said that the idea behind giving each team equal number of matches at home and away was to bring in more competition. "Teams will have an equal chance of making it to the top two of their respective groups," said Kumble. "We believe the home and away format gives that incentive to the state associations to organise four home matches in the centres they want. We will start afresh, which means previous hosting history will not be considered."
With there being nine teams in each group, one team will be free during every round of matches. While it is logistically challenging, the Technical Committee's suggestion was to ensure that the centre staging a Test match during that period will be the team not involved in action during that round. In doing so, the 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th members of the state Ranji team could be a part of the Indian dressing room, freeing up the non-playing members of the Indian team and allowing them to play for their respective states during that particular Ranji game.