The Ranji Trophy needs a serious overhaul, including at least two big steps-
Pujara may be touted as an India prospect across formats (not T20I, please!) but the bowlers he faced will never play for India, maybe never ever. There's no excuse to cop out of taking 20 wickets when you need to win a match.
- Abolish all knockouts, and instead, establish a Super Eights group, and maybe, adjust the group stage accordingly. Qualification for the Super Eights should be the top eight teams across all three groups, not just the top two of each. Then, we may have just the finals, which if drawn, will result in the trophy being shared, or else, the toppers of the Super Eights should win the trophy.
- The standard of bowling and batting is very poor, when the national stars are away and the domestic regulars are out injured, as is the case this season. The BCCI should allow for inducting foreign players in the league, two per side, from countries in off-season, or other professionals not playing for their countries. This will make the league more competitive.