Ranji Trophy finally gets some star power

India's best will liven up the tournament but their presence is an exception, not a long-term rule.

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MUMBAI: Experts batting for the health of domestic cricket, who insist that international stars must be available, will be delighted to see almost the entire India line-up featuring in Ranji Trophy at the start of the season. But their participation in no way indicates a new direction the domestic game is taking.

It has nothing to do with the cricket board showing vision either. The heavyweights will be seen in action for their state sides as there are no international matches scheduled and the squad to face England in the first Test will be selected on November 5, the last day of the first-round matches.

The India players’ participation is likely to end with the first two games as their interest is directly linked to the England series starting on November 15.

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