Changes required for India to start performing abroad: Ganguly

Mumbai: The Sourav Ganguly-led technical committee of the Indian cricket board on Tuesday called for overhauling the Ranji Trophy and recommended doing away with the Elite and Plate divisions. Other than the domestic circuit, Sourav Ganguly also emphasized on the need for India to be prepared for the international tours.

Ganguly said that the last two international tours, where India lost all the matches against England and Australia, have not been good for Indian cricket. He said that all the amendments should be made to make sure that India start playing well in overseas Test series.

On the Ranji format Ganguly said, “We have recommended two major changes in the 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.”

“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.