BCCI set to make sweeping changes in domestic circuit: Ranji Trophy in two parts, national selectors to pick Duleep Trophy squad and more


The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is set to make changes in the domestic circuit from the 2024-25 season based on the recommendations made by secretary Jay Shah to the apex council.

The upcoming season will start with red-ball cricket and the white-ball tournaments – Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy – will start only after the first five league games of Duleep Trophy, Irani Trophy and Ranji Trophy. The remaining two league matches and the knockouts of the Ranji Trophy will take place at the end of the season – after the conclusion of the white-ball tournament.

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Apart from starting the domestic season with a red-ball tournament, Shah has also proposed that the national selectors pick the team for the Duleep Trophy. Previously, regional selection committees – comprising representatives from each state association in the region – selected the Duleep Trophy teams, but now the national selectors will also perform this duty.

Similarly, the teams for all women's inter-zonal tournaments including ODI, T20 and multi-day will consist of teams selected by the national selectors.

In another notable proposal, there has been a huge focus on the well-being of the players and there will now be adequate spacing between the four-day fixtures. India all-rounder Shardul Thakur had expressed his concerns about the lack of enough spacing between fixtures and the board has heard the players' concerns.

CK Nayudu Trophy toss lost

It has also been recommended to remove the toss from the Under-23 Colonel CK Nayudu Trophy. The visiting team will now have the option to choose between batting or bowling first. Additionally, a new points system will be introduced in age-group tournaments to promote balanced performances.

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“This includes award points for batting and bowling performances in the first innings, as well as points for first innings lead or complete victory. “A review will be conducted at the end of the season to assess the effectiveness of the new points system to decide whether or not it should be implemented in Ranji Trophy for the next season,” read the proposal.

If the new scoring system and no toss experiment works, it is quite possible that it will be implemented in the senior men's competitions as well.


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