Kumble’s panel for neutral venues in Ranji knock-outs

SG Test balls may be used for Ranji Trophy and junior tournaments.

New Delhi: The seven Ranji Trophy knock-out matches next year could be played at neutral venues after the Anil Kumble-headed BCCI technical committee once again voted for the change.

The seven matches include four quarter-finals, two semi-finals and the final.

KumbleThese venues are expected to be 'identified’ on a variety of factors, including pitches and outfield, largely on their performances during the 2012-13 domestic season.

At a meeting of the committee, which met here on Monday, it was also recommended that only 'SG Test’ brand balls be used in the Ranji Trophy as well as the under-25 tournament while 'SG Tournament’ brand be used for the under-16 and under-19 competitions.

The committee recommended that one ball, instead of two at present, be used in the Vijay Hazare limited overs tournament from the 2013-14 domestic season.

The members suggested that the bonus points for teams winning with a certain margin in Vijay Hazare Trophy as well as the under-19 tournament be done away with.

"These are only recommendations that the technical committee is supposed to give to higher committees of the BCCI. It is up to the working committee to accept or reject them,” said a member of the committee.

This was the second meeting of the committee. The first one took place on March 22, when members first agreed among themselves that the Ranji Trophy knock-out matches be played at 'identified’ venues.

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