Thursday, May 24, 2007
A one day match in 2 days
For the first time matches of the 2nd divsion limited over tournament will be played over 2 days this year. Which means each each day will consist of an innings of 40 overs. Some players have questioned this change in format by the CCBM. This change has been brought to accomodate the new focus of the 2nd division tournament. The tournament is now only open for non-national team players with special emphasis on YDP players. One of the main problems with the one day game is the unavailibility of players on weekdays. This has resulted in various difficulties both for clubs and the Board. A 2.00pm start will enable players to devote time to their work before start of the day's play. Some players in private employment may find this arrangement a bit difficult, but it is assumed that overall the impact will be positive. A 2.00 satrt will also enable YDP players to attend matches on all days. One of the main problems with the development programme is our inability to provide adequate match practice for YDP players. It is hoped that this tournament will provide them ample opportunity to display their skills. This format change is an experiment, and its success can only be assessed after the tournament.