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Duleep Trophy should have zonal teams: Bedi

by Sahir Usman Nov 30, -0001 • 00:00 AM

New Delhi, Nov 29 - Former India cricket captain Bishan Singh Bedi on Wednesday urged the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to bring back the older version of the Duleep Trophy, which he felt should have zonal teams.

While the BCCI excluded the Duleep Trophy from the 2015-16 season, in the last two seasons, the teams were named as India Blue, India Green and India Red. The teams were composed of players from across the zones.

Delivering a memorial lecture at the first Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) annual conclave, Bedi also urged the young cricketers to prove their talent at the two domestic competitions before thinking about the franchise-based Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 tournament.

Bedi said that the cricket officials should have a re-look at the way the Ranji Trophy is played. He minced no words in criticising the current state of the Duleep Trophy.

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