Wasim Jaffer recently called time on his glittering career. His experience in domestic cricket is immense and the fact that he can still be involved with the game from the administrative point of view might bear fruit in the future.
Jaffer had the typical ‘khadoos’ body language of a Mumbai cricketer. With a experience of 260 matches, where he scored over 19000 runs, the 42-year-old will always remain a legend on the domestic circuit.
BCCI should start Ranji trophy before IPL auction
There have been a lot of speculations over the Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament in the recent times. Cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar had asked BCCI not to insult the great man if they cannot run the tournament. He also said, just because foreign players do not participate in the tournament, doesn’t means it cannot be run.
Jaffer, on his part, wants BCCI to run the Ranji trophy and Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament before the IPL auction so that the franchise owners can have a better look at the domestic talents.
“In first-class cricket, things are getting better especially from when I started playing. Whether it’s neutral curators or umpires, the telecast and now the limited DRS. But there is still room for improvement. People taking decisions are going in the right direction. Indian cricket is getting better. All in all, I feel BCCI should try to start the season with Ranji Trophy and the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 before the IPL auction and end the season with Vijay Hazare trophy.
“This way the franchise can also see the SMA tournament before the auction. Also, players will get extra time to prepare for red-ball cricket. Like last year, Ranji Trophy started late in December and although bowlers did well in the winter, batsmen didn’t so, a lot of teams got bowled out for below-100 totals. Also, Vijay Hazare started first while SMA was played later. So as a player, you spent half the season playing with the white ball and within no time 7-8 days you have to start the Ranji Trophy, its very difficult. But with Ranji-Mushtaq Ali-Hazare-IPL format it will be a better format to continue with,” Jaffer told India Today