The BCCI held its annual domestic captains and coaches conclave for 2018 on Monday, where pay parity for coaches, need for better-umpiring standards and the introduction of DRS were among the major issues and concerns that were raised. Here are some of the key issues that were discussed in the conclave.

Pay hike for coaches

The key factor that was up for discussion was the demands made by coaches for either pay parity or the hike in payscale for coaches. This is due to the difference in domestic coaches’ fees in Indian cricket as senior team coaches are paid anywhere between Rs. 3 lakh to Rs. 50 lakh per annum. The coaches pointed out that while those experts who enter into a professional contract by moving out of their respective State associations are paid well, the local coaches are underpaid most of the times.

Better Umpiring Standards

An issue that was sparked a tedious discussion was the lack of Quality in umpiring – an interminable factor that has been a big bane to India’s domestic circuit. A majority of teams stressed that the umpiring standards are below-par and inconsistent, with some captains and coaches stressed the need to introduce DRS. The BCCI assured it will take tough measures to improve the scenario.

Kookaburra and not SG

One issue that was unanimously opposed by all coaches and captains was the use of SG glace for white ball tournaments. Teams instead demanded that the internationally acclaimed and most preferred Kookaburra balls be used instead. However, BCCI’s general manager for cricket operations, Saba Karim, cited data and stressed on the need to persist with SG white balls for another season.

Scheduling and Formats

Teams asserted that the new Ranji Trophy policy of dividing the 28 teams into four groups of seven teams each didn’t work due to a lesser number of matches played per team. This is due to a high possibility of at least one washed-out game, something very common during the course of the tournament and tends to happen in a few parts of India irrespective of the schedule. This results in a team’s chances of advancing to the knockouts are severely dented.

Further, teams also opposed the scheduling of six one-day games played in eight days in the league stage of the Vijay Hazare Trophy as they found it to be very very demanding. The BCCI stated it will try and work out a slightly relaxed schedule the next season.