COA gets Duleep Trophy back in calender after Ganguly letter
New Delhi/Mumbai: The Committee of Administrators (COA) on Tuesday instructed BCCI not to scrap the Duleep Trophy from the domestic calendar after the tournament was removed, keeping technical committee chairman Sourav Ganguly in dark.
"The Duleep Trophy has been restored. It will be held and logistics will be worked out. We have told BCCI not to scrap it. It should be there. It is a very prestigious tournament and it should be held. It will be held this season," Committee of Administrators members Diana Edulji told waiting mediapersons.
The decision to drop Duleep Trophy was unilaterally taken by a top BCCI official, contrary to decisions taken by the technical committee headed by Ganguly.
It was decided at the technical committee meeting in Kolkata last month that the BCCI will continue with their pink ball experiment that started during the previous season.
However, when BCCI released domestic fixtures for the season few days back, Duleep Trophy was not scheduled.
Ganguly in fact shot off a letter to BCCI General Manager MV Sridhar asking why the First-Class event has been scrapped.
"I am reading in the media that Duleep Trophy has not or may not take place this season. I don't know that's true or not but if you remember, the members of the technical committee had agreed to use pink balls again for the Duleep matches and the tournament was supposed to be held in the same format as last year," Ganguly wrote to Sridhar.
It was learnt that the former Indian skipper also suggested that tournament may be held in Hyderabad or any city in southern India considering the ongoing monsoon in the northern parts of India.