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Waiting to see Ranji on neutral venues: Laxman
9th September 2016
Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) will hold Ranji matches like every season at Eden Gardens and not one of them will host the home team. And this is exciting former Indian middle-order bat V V S Laxman.
Laxman, praising the decision of BCCI of organizing domestic matches at neutral venues, said this was going to test the skill of the players and also their ability cope with unfamiliar conditions.
"I am really glad that a lot of initiatives are being taken. We will have to wait and see how it works out for the teams at the neutral venues. The control over the wicket, which is so important, will be with the BCCI and not the state associations."
"So the wickets will not be in favour of the home team. Now we need to see how it pans out. This initiative from BCCI will see domestic cricket become more competitive and challenging for the players," he added.
Talking about the lack of crowd for Ranji matches, Laxman viewed: "I think the competition is good at the domestic level. I don’t expect people will come and watch the domestic matches. When you see international Test matches also, you find a motley crowd unless it has the big rivalries."
He then went on to add that Ranji matches were more about learning and less about entertainment.
"What is important is to make sure that the standards at the domestic or first class level are high. If you have strong first class structure then automatically the quality of players going to represent the country will be good," said Laxman.

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