Build-up to Indian Domestic Season 2009-10
This will become the in-game thread once the series starts. We already have some news in, with the declaration of the schedule. Going by this article, we won't like the look of it.
This is utter stupidity. Why would you scrap your premier OD tournament? To accommodate the IPL? Seriously, this is your supply line to the ODI team, and you cut it off? At a time when your ODI team isn't doing too well? They can, instead, junk the inter-state T20 championship (the only edition, back in 2007, was hardly eventful) and keep the Deodhar Trophy.
BCCI scraps Deodhar Trophy
July 1, 2009
A crammed domestic schedule has prompted the BCCI to cancel the Deodhar Trophy tournament for the 2009-10 season. The decision was taken by the Tour Programmes and Fixtures Committee of the Indian board, which met in Mumbai to formulate the domestic schedule and finalise venues for the India-Australia ODI series due to be played in October this year.
"Deodhar has been dropped because of the tight schedule (for domestic cricket)", a BCCI source was quoted as saying by PTI.
The Deodhar Trophy is India's premier domestic limited-overs tournament, named after Professor DB Deodhar. A 50-over tournament, like the Duleep Trophy, which the BCCI has decided to retain for the upcoming season, it is played between the five zonal teams. The inaugural Deodhar Trophy took place in 1973-74, with an intention to groom Indian cricketers for the then relatively new limited-overs game.
West Zone were the winners last season, beating East Zone by a mammoth 218 runs in the final to take the title.
There's also some talk about the Corporate Trophy, which will be a limited-overs tournament. Fans and TOI readers would remember such an idea floated by Dalmiya, which never took off. That was in the pre-T20 age. I wonder what it will be like, but we'd prefer they stick to the existing Ranji/ROD system and instead, run it like the IPL or corporate tournament, not organise more tournaments that have no value.
In other news, Abhishek Jhunjhunwala, the Bengal player who shifted to ICL, has come back into the mainstream, and even made the Rajasthan Royals squad.