Originally Posted by honestbharani
I don't mind the Ranji OD and FC championship to stay as it is, but I think they can ask the IPL teams to play for the Duleep and Deodhar Trophies and maybe make the Irani Trophy as a game between the Duleep Trophy winner and Ranji Trophy winner. The IPL teams can just play whichever overseas players are available to them at that time and make up the rest of the side with the local players...
Rather than play the IPL teams separately (it's difficult to pit the Mumbai 'Indians' against the Mumbai Lions, when they have more or less the same players) , they can 'streamline' or 'remould' these franchise teams into better versions of the existing state teams. Mumbai 'Indians', for instance, can send off six of their foreign players to the other catchment teams, Maharashtra and Vidarbha, and then get back their players who have been scattered across franchises (except the ones who've been transferred to other teams, such as Rajesh Pawar), so you've got back the team you love so much.
Likewise, Chennai can get back Karthik and Yo Mahesh, and also include Vijay Krishnan, send back Dhoni, Patel, Gony and the rest, keep (for instance) Hayden and Albie Morkel and let the rest out into catchment teams Railways and Kerala. The respective support staffers can then proceed to the state teams. The number of foreign players may be limited to two in the squad, although reserves may also be named in case the ones listed first are on national duty.
As for the Irani Trophy, that's just right as of now, but at the wrong time. It should be held when the Indian team is off duty, so that the selectors can assemble a truly Rest Of India side. The Duleep Trophy is also planned well, with a sixth team coming in from abroad (the Sri Lanka A team was a tough one unlike the first three teams that came here) facing the zonal teams. Again, it needs to be played at the right time when the star players are available.