Fewer international series during domestic season: Srinivasan
Posted on: 06:01 PM IST Dec 04, 2012
New Delhi: In order to ensure availability of the top-rung players during the domestic season, BCCI President N Srinivasan says they are looking to establish a "prime" home season, which will reduce the team's touring commitments during that period.
"We are starting to look at and define our prime season, and during your prime season you should be playing at home," Srinivasan said. "We want to have possibly one or two visiting teams during our domestic season, starting in September all the way up to March, and we'll see the extent to which we don't tour outside.
"Given the FTP that is there, we are going to see how we can adjust." Srinivasan was quoted as saying by 'ESPNcricinfo'. He said the domestic season would be rescheduled to make Tests at home the centre of attraction, and encourage international players to play in the Ranji Trophy.
"This year we also encouraged our big players and stars to play domestic cricket. This is a change from the last several years," he said. The Ranji format has been changed to three groups of nine teams each. Last month, Delhi's Ranji tie against Uttar Pradesh saw international players like Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina sweating it out for their home states at a packed stadium in Ghaziabad.
Srinivasan reiterated BCCI's stand on the DRS technology and said it will continue to oppose it, even as the ICC has the right to use it in their events. "We don't believe in it (DRS), so after discussion members have agreed it should be bilateral. I don't want to dictate to other people. We don't believe the technology is good enough," he said.