The BCCI's technical committee, headed by Sourav Ganguly, on Tuesday called for a major revamp of the Ranji Trophy by recommending it to be a 27-team tournament.
The Committee, which met in Mumbai for over two hours, recommended an overhaul of the elite domestic event, which has been struggling for relevance. The BCCI's Working Committee will now study the recommendations and decide on whether to implement them or not.
According to the new format, the 27 teams will be divided into three groups of nine teams each and each team will play eight matches in the league stage. The quarter-finals and semi-finals will also be five-day affairs now.
In the previous format, Elite Division was divided into two groups of eight teams (A) and seven teams (B). The Plate Division was divided into two groups (A and B) consisting of six teams each.
"We have recommended two major changes in Ranji Trophy format. There will be nine teams in three groups A, B and C. Each team will play eight matches in the league stage and there will be promotion and relegation," Ganguly told reporters after the meeting.
"The changes will make the competition even and each team will play a few more matches. But all these are recommendations and the BCCI Working Committee will take the final decision," he added.
The new format brings parity in the number of matches that the teams will play against each other in the league stage. Earlier, in the Plate Division, a side could play five matches at the preliminary level.
The top three from group B at the end of the season would be promoted to group A, while the bottom three from the latter group would be relegated to group B. The last two from group B would go down further to group C, from where the top two would be promoted to group B.
BCCI wants two bouncers in an over
Taking a cue from the ICC's cricket committee, the BCCI's technical committee recommended increasing the number of bouncers permitted in an ODI over to two in the domestic one-day games.
"Two bouncers will be permitted per over," suggested the BCCI's technical committee that met in Mumbai on Tuesday.
The technical committee, headed by former India captain, Sourav Ganguly, also advised that a bowler must be allowed to bowl a maximum of 12 overs in one-day games.
However, the committee did not recommend any change in the prevalent rule pertaining to the number of fielders allowed outside the thirty-yard circle during the non-Powerplay overs.
The ICC's cricket committee had earlier recommended the number of bouncers permitted in an ODI over be increased to two.
The committee's recommendations will be sanctioned by the ICC Board in Kuala Lumpur later this month, if they are incorporated into ODI playing conditions the mandatory Powerplay of 10 overs at the start of each innings will remain but only one period of five overs will now be nominated as a Powerplay, to be taken by the batting side and completed by the 40th over.
That's why the likes of Gangulys, Kumbles and Dravids shall be in the administrative body of Indian cricket. First, they have played the game long enough to understand the nuances of the game in its various formats and secondly, they all possess the knack to run the administration successfully. They are the ones who can think for the total development of the game.
Kumble for one had made a blueprint for the team during his leadership period and there are many who vouch for it. Ganguly has been very effective in his stint as a commentator and has always been someone who has spoken his mind. Dravid, although not arrived as yet to an administration has also been viewed as a thinker. His Bradman Oration speech can be cited as an example.