Wednesday, April 17

Sarfaraz Khan, Dhruv Jurel Earn BCCI Central Contracts

Rising stars Sarfaraz Khan & Dhruv Jurel earn BCCI central contracts!  Also, the BCCI considers revamping the Ranji Trophy schedule.

The BCCI Apex Council meeting on Monday saw some exciting developments, including the rewarding of young talent and a potential revamp of the Ranji Trophy schedule. Young players were rewarded with a BCCI Central Contract based on their performance.

Fresh Faces in the BCCI Central Contract

India’s rising stars Sarfaraz Khan and Dhruv Jurel received well-deserved recognition as they were inducted into Group C of the BCCI’s central contract system. This move comes after both players fulfilled the criteria of featuring in three Tests during the current season.

Sarfaraz Impresses on Debut, Jurel Shines in Ranchi Chase

Sarfaraz, the Mumbai batting prodigy, made a strong first impression in international cricket. He displayed his talent with three well-compiled half-centuries in the recently concluded Test series against England. Meanwhile, wicket-keeper Dhruv Jurel, hailing from Agra, announced his arrival at the highest level with a match-winning performance in only his second Test. His scores of 90 and a crucial 39 not out during a tricky chase at Ranchi earned him the Player of the Match award.

Rethinking the Ranji Trophy Schedule

The BCCI is considering a significant change to the Ranji Trophy schedule. Concerned about the impact of fog and bad light during the peak winter months in North India, the board is likely to avoid scheduling matches in this region from December to January. This move aims to ensure fairer competition and prevent crucial points being lost due to unfavorable weather conditions.

A Potential Shift in Domestic Calendar

While the official domestic calendar for the upcoming season is yet to be announced, the BCCI Apex Council discussed a tentative schedule for 2024-25. One key consideration is potentially starting the Ranji Trophy in mid or late October, following the conclusion of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. This aligns with the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy’s role as a platform for players to showcase their skills ahead of the IPL auction.

Addressing Associate Member Exposure Trips

The meeting also addressed the issue of exposure trips for ICC associate member nations. While many nations, such as Nepal preparing for the T20 World Cup, seek practice matches against Indian state teams, the BCCI has clarified the process. The Apex Council emphasized that any affiliated state unit must obtain a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the BCCI before hosting any international team.

These developments from the BCCI Apex Council meeting signal a focus on promoting young talent, ensuring fair competition in domestic tournaments, and streamlining procedures for exposure trips by associate member nations.

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