India's domestic cricket is full
of misplaced priorities and redundant ideas. The England defeat offers a chance to analyse its failings.
Much has been spoken about India's terrible
trounce in England - right from the lack of preparedness, poor planning to
crammed schedule, everything has been meticulously discussed. But few have looked
beyond the obvious and deliberated upon the fundamentals.
MAK Pataudi, with his astute eye for
cricket, hit the nail on its head by pointing out the importance of a robust
first-class structure to strengthen Indian cricket. That India's poor show
could be the result of a deteriorating domestic structure is an idea worth a
thought. So, what is it that is marring the foundation of Indian cricket?
Here's a look at the snags that need some urgent attention:
Trophy (October 1-5) - The most prestigious match
of the season between the defending Ranji Champions and a team made up of the cream
of Indian cricket marks the beginning of the new