Wasim Jaffer a legend in Ranji Trophy cricket has called for a change in the dynamics of the format. Jaffer who helped Vidarbha claim their first ever Ranji Trophy title is of the view that the old format of the elite and the plate divisions will have more impact on the teams and the player playing Ranji trophy.
“What worries me is the way teams finishing at the bottom of the table approach the game. I quite liked the idea of having Elite and Plate divisions,” Jaffer is quoted as saying by TOI.
He also added “I don’t see the teams finishing last in the groups trying hard enough. The BCCI needs to take action or have a plan for these teams. There are some good players in those teams but the environment in the team isn’t positive enough,” Jaffer said. “There has to be some motivation for all teams throughout the tournament. Going into the Elite group is a good incentive and the fear of relegation will retain the context in the games.”
The current format has four groups playing a round robin and the top qualified teams playing knockouts. Until 2013, the tournament included an Elite or Super League division and a Plate division.The reason why Jaffer has asked the BCCI to bring back the format is that he feels that players will get the freedom to express themselves and play full confidence and ability. This way the domestic format of the Ranji Trophy can bring out the country's best cricketing talent.