Divide the ODI into four entries of 25 envelopes each: Sachin Tendulkar

MUMBAI: Like the Indian cricket board - with the president Sourav Ganguly in command - prepares to take a fresh look at the national circuit of the country, batting legend Sachin Tendulkar He has some serious thoughts to share.

The teacher is convinced that the renewal of formats, in particular the version of more than 50 years; fusion of certain tournaments that are played in the same formats; Ending the zonal system and hiking rates at the First Class level are among the various ideas that have become the need of the hour.

In an exclusive conversation with TOI, Tendulkar shared those ideas and firmly believes that innovation is the only way to go if the quality of the game, the interest of the spectators and the demands of income must be met according to industry standards if any sport It has to keep blooming. .

The 50-year format is the first thing that needs revision, says Tendulkar. As I suggested, the format requires a setting of two entries of 25 envelopes per side with a 15-minute break between each entry (a total of four entries between two teams). The amount of innovations that can be incorporated is enormous. Let's say there is a match of 50 on one side between Team A and Team B. Team A wins the draw, beats 25 overs; then team B beats for 25 overs; Team A resumes entries (with the remaining wickets) of the 26th final; Team B then resumes the last entries to chase the target. If Team A has lost all of its wickets within the first 25 overs, then Team B gets 50 overs (25 overs plus 25 overs with a break) to chase the target. Now look at the amount of ideas that can be adopted in a format like this, he explains.

Tendulkar believes this will help:

The dew factor: Currently, a horrible prospect for a bowling team in second place is relatively neutralized. Both teams have to play under lights (one team a little more than the other but still a fair division). Tendulkar says: There is always a chance to return to the game. In a normal format of more than 50, if one side wins the pitch and there is dew, the second side has no chance. The wet ball simply slides into the bat and is never a fair battle.

Best deal with washes: If there are two entries of 25 overs per side (representing a format of 50 per side), and there is a possibility of rain later, teams can plan their tickets differently and reduce the game is also easier. Tendulkar says: Frankly, none of us understood Duckworth&Lewis. I think only those two gentlemen understood. Watch the recent wash of Vijay Hazare's game, when Mumbai retired. Nobody likes a contest without results.

Change the power games, add them to the excitement Every first 25 overs, the first five overs must be mandatory power games, instead of the original 10, where teams have no choice but to take it. The remaining five overs must be divided into two for the batting side, three for the bowling side that will be taken as and when they want. This cycle should be repeated every 25 overs. Tendulkar says: The six additional balls for the bowling game will balance the battle between the bat and the ball. It will be exciting for the spectators because the teams will constantly rethink the strategies.

If a bat has consumed seven powerplay games (5 mandatory and 2 remaining), and still has a pop-up hitter waiting to leave, they could stop the batter until the new mandatory powerplay starts from the 26th onwards. Or, if the bowling game is activated and two players outside the roulette are on strike and the batter loses a gate, a night watchman (reference term) can go out to see those shocks.

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The stations will also be happy: Innovations can even increase the interest of the station, says Tendulkar, since three 15-minute breaks, instead of the long and jarring 45-minute break, can generate more conversation points and precise conversations. The former hitter from India says that innovation is the only way to go if the format has to survive. The identity does not change.

Reinvent or reduce domestic events: Tendulkar firmly believes that with the Ranji Trophy , the Vijay Hazare trophy and the IPL at stake, the Duleep, Challenger and Mushtaq Ali T20 trophies/tournaments can be reinvented or eliminated.

"Look at the Challenger. Players come from different states, zones, play together for a few days and disperse. There's no team bonding. Do we even remember these games? Teams are randomly chosen. The same applies to the Duleep Trophy in certain ways. It doesn't serve any purpose when players arrive overnight from different zones and play a few matches and go their separate ways. Even in IPL, teams stay together for two months," says Tendulkar.

The batsman believes it is time to rejig the Duleep Trophy and introduce something fresher for players at all levels to identify with. "The four semifinalists from Ranji should play the Duleep. The additional two teams should be carved out of the rest of the domestic players, and those who've done exceedingly well should be included. Here, the Under-19 and Under-23 players should be promoted. A player who doesn't fit in the senior team could well be playing against players in this space," says Tendulkar.

Similarly, when there is a two-month IPL window, Tendulkar has doubts about whether the Mushtaq Ali Trophy is relevant. It is the same format. The IPL is fulfilling that purpose and is also earning income, which is important, he says.