The Board of Cricket Control of India decided to allow international players to take part in its first-class domestic championship starting this year.
The technical committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which is chaired by batting legend Sunil Gavaskar, said state sides were now free to include one foreigner in their ranks for the Ranji Trophy contest.
The Ranji Trophy is the India’s Inter-state competition and a good performance here often makes a selection to the national team.
Former England batsman Denis Compton and West Indian pacer Roy Gilchrist had played in the Ranji Trophy during India’s pre-independence period but the trend was not carried later on.
The BCCI had been trying for such a move for the past two years in the wake of dwindling spectator interest and almost negligible TV viewership.
– About Cricket –
Sandesh Kumar Jaggi