Elimination of toss, and implementation of DRS system in the televised domestic matches were two key issues discussed among various recommendations made at the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s Captains and Coaches Conclave 2019.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India conducted the Captain and Coaches Conclave 2019 in Mumbai to look back on the mega domestic season 2018-19. The one-of-its-kind conclave is held every year to take stock of the season gone by, seek feedback and suggestions to make Indian domestic cricket make more competitive and inclusive.
Captains and coaches, representing various State associations, had a detailed discussion on the following issues:
· Concept of neutral curators
· Format of knockout games of Ranji Trophy to continue home and away basis or revert to neutral venues
· Discussion on doing away with the coin toss and letting the visiting team make a decision to bat or bowl first
· Introduction of evaluation reports by Match Referees about umpires
· Feedback on Match Referees’ performance by umpires for the first time
· Additional responsibility handed to Match Referees who now act as Talent Identifiers
· Feedback on the quality of balls used throughout the season
· A detailed discussion on over rates and it was suggested that data be collated to understand causes for slow over rates and ways to address the issue
· With the domestic structure now involving 37 teams, a discussion was held on the relevance and significance of Duleep Trophy and the Irani Trophy and opinion on the same was sought
· Introduction of DRS with the available technology for televised Ranji Trophy games
For the first time ever a separate conclave for women captains and coaches was conducted.