Sarfaraz Khan, Dhruv Jurel get BCCI’s central contracts | Cricket News


NEW DELHI: Rising stars Sarfaraz Khan and Dhruv Jurel have been handed BCCI’s Group C central contracts, which have an annual retainership fee of Rs 1 crore.
The development comes after Sarfaraz and Dhruv fulfilled the criteria of playing three Tests in a season.
Middle-order batter Sarfaraz and wicket-keeper Dhruv’s names were ratified during the BCCI Apex Council meeting which was held on Monday.
Sarfaraz, a domestic heavyweight for Mumbai, scored three half-centuries in three Tests against England while Agra man Jurel, with scores of 90 and 39 not out in a tricky chase at Ranchi, won the Player of the Match in only his second game.
Ratification of central contract was on the agenda and both have made the cut.
Ranji Trophy scheduling
The BCCI is likely to revisit the Ranji Trophy calender for the next season and will not schedule any matches in the northern part of India during the months of December and January, when fog and bad light often play spoilsport.
While the detailed domestic calender will be announced later, the BCCI Apex Council did discuss the tentative schedule of the 2024-25, which was one of the primary items in the eight-point agenda of the Apex Council meeting on the day.
For the past few seasons, the Ranji Trophy is starting in January and ending in second week of March and in north-Indian cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, Kanpur, Meerut, Jammu, Dharamsala, most matches are being affected by bad light and fog during peak winter months.
“No decision has been taken yet but Ranji Trophy, like earlier years could start from mid or end October after the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, which serves as an IPL auction platform. Some states are losing crucial points in do-or-die games because of inclement weather from mid-December to mid February,” a senior BCCI source told PTI.
It has been also learnt that BCCI will form a committee, which will decide whether union territory Daman & Diu get associate membership.
Foreign boards can’t talk to state bodies directly for exposure trips
A lot of ICC associate member nations like Nepal want to come for exposure trips to India and play practice games against some of the state sides. In fact the Nepal team, which will play the T20 World Cup in the USA and the West Indies, are supposed to train in the national capital and also plan to play a few T20 matches against Gujarat, Baroda in a three-team tournament called Friendship Cup.
However BCCI’s Apex Council made it clear that any affiliated state unit will need NOC from the parent body before they can host any international team.
(With inputs from PTI)


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