Irani Cup fixture set to be moved out of Indore
by Vijay Tagore • Last updated on Mon, Feb 13, 2023
The Irani Cup fixture is all set to be moved out of Indore, BCCI secretary Jay Shah confirmed. The annual fixture, between Ranji champions and Rest of India, needed a shift because of the relocation of the third Test between India and Australia to Indore from March 1 to 5 the very dates when the match between Madhya Pradesh and Rest of India was scheduled to be played.
“The match will be moved out of Indore, inevitably,” said Jay Shah on Monday, on the sidelines of the Women’s Premier League (WPL) auction in Mumbai.
As part of the procedure, the MPCA will write to the BCCI requesting the board to allow them to play the game in Gwalior. The Rest of India squad for the game has still not been named.
This is the second Irani Cup game of the season, the first one having been played between 2020 Ranji champions Saurashtra and Rest of India in Rajkot from October 1-4. This match had to be played at the beginning of the current domestic season as it could not be played in 2020 because of the pandemic.
Meanwhile, the BCCI said the retention policy for the WPL will be finalised in due course as the teams will have the option of signing the current set of players for three years. “As you know, the women’s FTP is not finalised yet. We are having 22 matches for now. The moment ICC finalises the FTP, we will decide on the future course of action. The current squads will be for the first three years, then it will be decided,” Shah said and noted that the BCCI could provide a sufficient number of quality players for the teams to pick from, which was difficult to imagine at one stage.
“A few weeks ago, we became U-19 champions, we were also confused about how we will get into a 100-player pool. But, one of the most important aspects of the auction was that we got appropriate players and teams are also satisfied. That’s the biggest thing. Earlier, people were asking how you’d get a pool of players, so this auction is the answer to your question,” Shah explained.
Rajeev Shukla revealed that the existing IPL teams wanted WPL directly. “They were very keen on getting women franchises directly, but we did not allow that and ensured that there was a fair and transparent auction,” the BCCI vice-president explained the reason for the board getting over Rs 4660 crore through franchise auction.