Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh not happy with knockout format

The Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) and Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) have opposed the knockout format for domestic competitions, particularly with the way the winner of the Plate group is ranked.

Sports star understands that the two associations wrote to BCCI secretary Jay Shah after the conclusion of the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy league stage, expressing their grievances. Arjun Tendulkar and Prithvi Shaw named among Mumbai Lords for Vijay Hazare Trophy

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“To maintain the competitiveness of the round of 16, we suggested that either plate teams should not be allowed to participate in eliminations, or the board should remove the Plate / Elite system and accommodate plate teams with other teams. , ”Rohit Pandit, Administrative Director of AMPA, said Sports star on Sunday. Madhya Pradesh narrowly missed qualifying for KOs (on net race rate).

Karnataka, on the other hand, highlighted the need for Elite League teams to be better ranked than plate teams. In the Mushtaq Ali knockout draw, the winner of the plate group was placed higher as the two Elite teams that qualified at No.2 in their respective groups were ranked No.7 and 8, “said a KSCA official, preferring anonymity. Karnataka, after qualifying seventh best among the teams in the Elite group, ended up attracting leaders Punjab in the first quarter-final and lost.

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It will be interesting to see if BCCI takes into account the suggestions of its affiliates when finalizing the format of the Vijay Hazare Trophy.

Unlike in the past, the BCCI did not share the draw with the teams at the start of the Mushtaq Ali Trophy. The Plate Group teams, with the addition of 10 new teams over the past two years, have been far from competitive against the national regulars.

Even after the conclusion of last year’s Ranji Trophy, some of the national stalwarts had stressed the need to avoid diluting the Ranji Trophy knockouts by leaving a Group Plate team in the quarter-finals.

(With contributions from N. Sudarshan in Bengaluru)

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