Chopra calls for sweeping changes in domestic cricket structure

February 18, 2012 | Cricket, General

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Former India opener Aakash Chopra believes that “meaningless” tournaments like Duleep and Deodhar trophies should be done away with to improve the domestic cricket structure of the country.

Chopra, who is a key member of Ranji Trophy champions Rajasthan, also advocated the need to introduce points for batting and bowling as is the case in England, in place of teams getting three points for securing a first-innings lead in drawn games.

“The domestic calendar needs to be reworked…do away with meaningless tournaments so as to make it less crowded. A couple of tournaments may have to be done away with like Duleep, Deodhar and Syed Mushtaq Ali trophies. They all are not serving any purpose.”

“These three tournaments can actually make way for Ranji Trophy to become a slightly longer tournament, Vijay Hazare one-day tournament to become slightly longer. We already have a Twenty20 tournament, IPL, then why (do) we need two domestic T20 tournaments,” Chopra told PTI.

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