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A (suggested) New Schedule for Ranji 2012-13?

In an earlier article on this blog, we suggested an altered group structure for the Ranji Trophy. The suggested new structure involved 4 Divisions A, B, C and D with 6, 6, 7 and 8 teams respectively.

In this piece we attempt a schedule for this new Ranji structure with a view to (a) ensuring feasibility of the schedule, (b) comparing it with Ranji-2011, so as to enable for effective comparison with the existing system.

Group-A: 6 Teams. Each team plays the other 5 twice (once at home and the other away). Thus, a total of 30 games in 10 “rounds”/weeks.

Group-A’s schedule :-

Group-A Schedule

Group-A, match start dates: 1-Nov, 8, Nov, 16-Nov, 23-Nov, 30-Nov, 7-Dec, 15-Dec, 26-Dec, 3-Jan, 10-Jan

Group B: 6 Teams. Each team plays the other 5 twice (once at home and the other away). Thus, a total of 30 games in 10 “rounds”/weeks.

 Group-B’s Schedule :-

Group-B Schedule

Group-B match start dates: 1-Nov, 8, Nov, 16-Nov, 23-Nov, 30-Nov, 7-Dec, 15-Dec, 26-Dec, 3-Jan, 10-Jan

Group-C: 7 Teams. Each team plays the other 6 once (either at home and the other away). Each team plays 4 of the other teams a second time (home or away). Thus, a total of 35 games in 12 “rounds”/weeks.

Group-C’s Schedule :-

Group-C Schedule

The team listed in the 1st column plays the teams in the 2nd column only once.

Group-C match start dates: 19-Oct, 25-Oct, 1-Nov, 8, Nov, 16-Nov, 23-Nov, 30-Nov, 7-Dec, 15-Dec, 26-Dec, 3-Jan, 10-Jan.

Note that because of an odd number of teams in Group-C, one team has a ‘bye’ each round. Thus, games in this group start 2 weeks prior to the season for the other groups.

Group-D: 8 Teams. Each team plays the other 7 once (either at home and the other away). Each team plays 3 of the other teams a second time (home or away). Thus, a total of 40 games in 10 “rounds”/weeks.

Group-D’s Schedule :-

Group-D Schedule

The team listed in the 1st column plays the teams in the 2nd column only once.

Group-D match start dates: 1-Nov, 8, Nov, 16-Nov, 23-Nov, 30-Nov, 7-Dec, 15-Dec, 26-Dec, 3-Jan, 10-Jan

Ranji Trophy “A” playoffs

The top four teams from Group-A compete for the Ranji Trophy “A” (or premier league).

[ W(Gx) is to be read as Winner of Game x, and L(Gx) is to be read as Loser of Game x]

Ranji Trophy “A” Playoffs

It starts on 8th, after other knock-out phases (scroll down) are done. Sole match to end the season.

 Ranji Trophy “B” playoffs

The bottom two teams of Group-A and the top two teams of Group-B compete in a playoffs series.

AR1 and AR2 are the teams that are facing relegation to Group-B for the next season while BP1 and BP2 qualify to play for promotion to Group-A in the next season. Note that BP1 and BP2 may have been in Group-A in the previous season too. This will be an eliminator style Qualifiers. The two eliminated teams will play in Group-B next season, while the two finalists will play in Group-A next season.

Ranji Trophy “B” Playoffs

Ranji Trophy “C” playoffs

The bottom two teams of Group-B and the top two teams of Group-C compete in a playoffs series.

BR1 and BR2 are the teams that are facing relegation to Group-C for the next season while CP1 and CP2 qualify to play for promotion to Group-B in the next season. Note that CP1 and CP2 may have been in Group-B in the previous season too. This will be an eliminator style Qualifiers. The two eliminated teams will play in Group-C next season, while the two finalists will play in Group-B next season.

Ranji Trophy “C” Playoffs

Ranji Trophy “D” playoffs

The bottom two teams of Group-C and the top two teams of Group-D compete in a playoffs series.

CR1 and CR2 are the teams that are facing relegation to Group-D for the next season while DP1 and DP2 qualify to play for promotion to Group-C in the next season. Note that DP1 and DP2 may have been in Group-C in the previous season too. This will be an eliminator style Qualifiers. The two eliminated teams will play in Group-D next season, while the two finalists will play in Group-C next season.

Ranji Trophy “D” Playoffs

Comparison with Ranji-2011/12

The Ranji Season 2011/12 featured a total of 86 games that spread over a total of 12 weeks. In contrast the suggestion above includes a total of 151 games, spread over 17 weeks.

Our suggestion above makes for a tighter season that is quite feasible (in terms of season scheduling). It allows for stiffer competition, particularly in Groups-A and B.

In addition, given the relegation/promotion battles, there is an element of interest for at least 16 of the 27 teams in the competition. The schedule suggested above indicates and proves feasibility. It is up to the BCCI to adopt it immediately.

-Mohan (@mohank) and P. Bharathram (@bagrat15)

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Australia to join Ranji Plate League

Australia will join Afghanistan and Uganda in the Ranji Plate League with immediate effect. In a dramatic turnaround of events after the pathetic loss (on all counts) to New Zealand, Australia in an effort to salvage any remaining pride will try and regain some form by playing against the minnows of the Indian league. Cricket Australia officials stated that they reached an understanding with the BCCI in this regard. CA expects Ponting to regain some behavioral form and the new players get accquainted to competition of an international sort. CA is also expecting that Brad Haddin start keeping behind the wickets as opposed to being in front of them. This agreement comes as a big relief to the Aussies as they try and maintain their official status as “champions once upon a time”. This also gives them an opportunity to witness in person the humanitarian efforts by multilateral agencies to increase public awareness of cricket in Afghanistan, Uganda, Vidharba, Assam, Himachal Pradesh and Services. Our best wishes to the Australian team and their newfound desire to qualify for the Ranji Super League.

– Srikanth

Please note that the above article is pure work of fiction and does not in any way reflect any form of reality…..I think……

Arun Karthik and Vidyut lift TN out of trouble

Arun Karthik hit a century on Ranji debut and S Vidyut came up with 115 no as TN lifted itself after being down 51/3 against Karnataka. Thankufully cricinfo had some details and here is the scorecard. Arun Karthik had been overlooked in the previous game to play an extra bowler but the lad had been in terrific form in the 1st division league in Chennai. With the departure of M Vijay for national he got his chance and capitalised immediately. Badrinath and Dinesh Kartik failed and Sunil Joshi took his 400th wicket in ranji trophy for Karnataka. Still no news from the other matches at cricinfo.

Sanjay

Ps: 1st day round up available now.

Ranji Trophy Super League Round 2 matches today

Even as the action has heated up in Nagpur and the Border-Gavaskar Trophy is coming to an exciting conclusion today, the 2nd round of Ranji matches begin around the country.

TN take on Karnataka in Bangalore in a renewal of a very old and long rivalry. Last year young Abhinav Mukund, playing his first Ranji season scored a memorable hundred, but things promise to be different this year. The HIndu reports that S Badrinath is likely to join the team. I am not too sure because I thought I saw him warming the bench at Nagpur yesterday.

Maharashtra take on Andhra in Nashik. This report says that Maharashtra is weakened by 4 of its players away in Pun playing in the under 22 competition! I don’t understand how an under 22 competition could get bigger than the Ranji Trophy. Maybe the success of the Indian u 19 team and the subsequent attention that the stars of that team got, prompted Maharashtra authorities to concentrate on that as aopposed to playing the rpemier domestic competition in the country.

Delhi v Hyderabad, Gujarat v Mumbai (Rohit Sharma not playing), UP (Suresh Raina not playing) v Baroda (without Yusuf Pathan), Punjab (without Yuvraj) v Rajastan, Saurashtra v Orissa are the other matches beginning today.

Thanks to some of the visitor of this blog who wrote to cricinfo about the apalling lack of coverage of the Ranji 1st round matches. This wa the response from cricinfo

We apologise for not carrying these scores but we have been refused permission by the BCCI
from carrying live updates. we will have end-of-day scorecards as soon after the close as possible.

Please keep track of the below given link for the end-of-day scorecard details:
http://www.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2008-09/IND_LOCAL/

Hopefully we can access the scorecards at the end of the day at the above link. Cricinfo atleast has a nice preview for all the matches this time. Meanwhile there is also a Plate league in the Ranji trophy that is happening. The enws of national interest is that Sreesanth is still injured and has not been included in the Kerala team for the 1st two rounds.

Sanjay

Ranji Trophy Super League 1st Round

The first round matches are over and the detailed report can be accessed. Already there are a few complaints on Twitter that Cricinfo is not giving adequate coverage to the happenings at the domestic scene and it is a pity that one has to dig through a dozen links before the info can be accessed. There is not even live coverage of the matches. The matches are not even mentioned on the day’s events. ICL seems to get more coverage that a BCCI authorised event.

Anyway for those interested here is a list of the top performers.

Gujarat had an outright victory over Saurashtra. Bhavik Thaker made a big hundred and a maiden unbeaten one for Timil Patel. The more known Patels – Niraj and Parthiv however got only 32 abd 46 respectively in a score of 581. For Saurashtra the U 19 WC squad memebr and left arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja , who also had a good outing with the Rajastan Royals went wicketless. Sidharth Trivedi with a five wicket haul in the first innings impressed.

Tamil Nadu came away with just a 1st innings lead as Maharashtra saved the game after being asked to follow on. TN still needs to get its bowling act together. L Balaji had 2/108 in the 1st innings and hardly bowled in teh second. The spinners Ashwin and C Suresh picked up some. The big plus for TN was the opening stand between M Vijay and Abhinav Mukund. The stand earned Vijay a test debut, and Abhinav became only the third TN cricketer to score a triple hundred in a Ranji game after Arjan Kripal Singh and WV Raman.

Hyderabad also came away with a 1st innings lead. WK Abhinav Kumar made 99 not out. I realised that Debashish Mohanty still plays for Orissa and so does another Test discard SS Das. As expected the captain of Hyderabad Arjun Yadav who always finds himself in all kinds of representative teams failed.

Heavyweight UP was held by Andhra but the big pluses were centuries by Mohd Kaif and Tanmay Srivastava. And for those wondering why Amit Mishra is in the Indian team, Piyush Chawla went wicketless. But Praveen Kumar got 2 and 17 year old Bhuvneswar Kumar got 5. Even without RP Singh UP has good bench strength.

Finally in an important result Mumbai beat Rajastan. Rohit Sharma scored in both innings and Dhaval Kulkarni and Ramesh Powar both got wickets to set up a Mumbai win. I realy think Powar should be taken more seriously. Dhaval Kulkarni seems to have continued his initial strong showing at the IPL to the longer version of the game.

Karnataka drew with Railways and significantly Robin Uthappa scored big. Murali Karthik got five wickets. I really hope he gets back. Yere Goud – this guy goes on for donkey’s years made a hundred as well. Sunil Joshi still bowls for Karnataka and he’ll probably be joined by Kumble to get the old geriatric duo back together for the next round.

Delhi and Paunjab drew their game. Yuvraj Singh made a duck in the 1st innings and scored 38 in the 2nd. Delhi looks strong with Akash Chopra, Shikhar Dhawan and Rajat Bhatia and without Gambhir and Sehwag.

One result in seven games is the typical Ranji scenario. For me the success of batsmen like Rohit Sharma augurs well for Indian cricket.I’d like to some wickets also being taken in the coming rounds to see if spinners are around and can do their bit.

Sanjay

Ranji player watch – All-rounders

I had earlier posted on bowlers and batsmen to watch out for in the current Ranji Trophy championship. The list of allrounders completes the over all list of players to watch out for:

  • Parthiv Patel has been scoring in the India A games consistently and he doubles up as a wicketkeeper. It would be interesting to see if he is able to challenge Dinesh Karthik as the reserve wicketkeeper for India. But more than his keeping abilities, it is his batting that has been impressive – notching up a successive centuries (126, 124, 164 and 110) in his last four innings for India A and following it up with a 179, opening the batting for Rest of India against Mumbai in the Irani Trophy.
  • Joginder Sharma has already made his ODI and T20 debut for India and although I don’t see him make into the test team any time soon, he is certainly one to watch out for. He was the second highest wicket taker in the Ranji Trophy last year and also impressed with the bat, particularly in the Duleep Trophy.
  • Praveen Kumar opens both the batting and bowling in domestic one day competition and his performances with India A and in the Challenger Trophy has already earned him a call up to the national ODI squad, although he is yet to make his debut.
  • Yusuf Pathan is another allrounder who could be useful in the T20 and ODI games, although his induction into the Test squad seems unlikely at this stage. Would be good to see how he performs this season.

-Mahesh-