Foreign players for domestic cricket

Mumbai, Aug 30 | Updated: Aug 31 2008, 07:27am hrs
Ricky Ponting or Kevin Pietersen playing in the Ranji Trophy is now quite a possibility with the BCCI Technical Committee on Saturday allowing state associations to add a foreigner in their squads.

The Sunil Gavaskar-led committee, which met at the Cricket Centre, decided to allow associations four guest players from outside the state in their side. One of the four players could be a cricketer from overseas, who has played at least 10 Tests and/or 20 ODIs, BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah said.

However, a maximum of three Guest players will be permitted to figure in the playing XI at a given point of time.

The last date for the state associations to register the Guest players will be 1st September every year, Shah said.

The committee also deliberated on the amendments in the playing conditions for domestic tournaments.