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BCCI conducts a record 2000th domestic match of 2018-19 season

For the first time in the history of Indian Cricket, 37 teams participated in various BCCI tournaments across all age groups.

The Indian domestic cricket witnessed a significant moment as it hosted the 2000th game of the ongoing 2018-2019 season. The number has significantly gone up from 1108 games last season to 2024.

As many as 6927 registrations were received for the ongoing season and over 4600 players featured in Playing XI. For the first time in the history of Indian Cricket, Cricket Association of Pondicherry, Uttarakhand, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram took part in the BCCI run tournaments across all age groups and categories, taking the overall strength of domestic teams to 37. Bihar also has played in all the Board Tournaments this season after a gap of 18 years.

Considering it was the maiden season for all new teams, the BCCI operations team provided the new teams with administrative and logistic support, including hotels & flight tickets, as well as arranging venues as home base to train and host matches for the teams that did not have required number of grounds.

The ongoing domestic season witnessed 105 different cities hosting games. In a season window of 254 days, 3444 match days were accommodated, which on an average meant close to 14 games were held each day of the season.

Break-up of tournament and matches

Match Formats

No. of matches (2000)

Multi Day (3 Days)

86

Multi Day (4 days)

469

Multi Day (5 days)

9

One Day

883

T20

553


Format and age category break-up

Age Category

Format

No. of matches

Men U23

Multi Day (4 days)

151

Men U23

One Day

158

Men U19

Multi Day (4 days)

145

Men U19

One Day

166

Women U23

One Day

72

Women U23

T20

137

Men U16

Multi Day (3 Days)

86

Men U16

Multi Day (4 days)

11

Sr Men

Multi Day (4 days)

162

Sr Men

Multi Day (5 days)

9

Sr Men

One Day

183

Sr Men

T20

140

Sr Women

One Day

161

Sr Women

T20

146

Women U19

One Day

143

Women U19

T20

130


A detailed lowdown on the results of each category

Category

Match Type

Win

Draw

Abandoned

No Result

Tied

Grand Total

Hundreds

Men Junior

Multiday

273

118

 

 

 

391

448

Men Junior

One Day

301

 

6

 

1

308

97

Men Senior

Multiday

105

60

 

 

 

165

222

Men Senior

One Day

145

 

15

4

 

164

69

Men Senior

T20

136

 

 

4

 

140

13

Women Junior

One Day

250

 

12

 

1

263

27

Women Junior

T20

262

 

4

1

 

267

9

Women Senior

One Day

149

 

3

2

1

155

23

Women Senior

T20

137

 

3

 

 

140

4

BCCI Staff

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India retain ICC Test Championship mace

"Our team has a lot of depth and I am sure this will stand us in good stead in ICC World Test Championship," said captain Virat Kohli
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 07: The Indian Cricket Team celebrate winning the Border-Gavaskar trophy during day five of the fourth Test match in the series between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 07, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)

India have retained the ICC Test Championship Mace and won the purse of $ 1 million for a third year running after finishing at the top of the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings on the cut-off date of 1 April, while New Zealand have ensured second place.

A top place finish was never in doubt for India, captained by Virat Kohli, the number one Test batsman in the world while New Zealand’s consistent performances over the past year saw them climb from third position, needing them to only avoid losing the home series against Bangladesh last month to finish at the same position.

The Kane Williamson-led side, who also had the satisfaction of seeing their captain get the ICC Spirit of Cricket award for 2018, earnt $ 500,000 after finishing with 108 points, eight behind India.

South Africa, who had finished second the previous two times, will now get a prize money of $200,000 for finishing third with 105 points while Australia who edged out Engalnd on decimal points at 104 points bag $100,000.

International Cricket Council chief executive Manu Sawhney congratulated the Indian team while reiterating the importance of Test cricket and looking forward to the start of the ICC World Test Championship later this year.

ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney: “I congratulate India on retaining the ICC Test Championship Mace and appreciate the passion Virat Kohli’s team has shown across formats over the past few years. It takes so much dedication and determination to consistently perform at the highest level in Test cricket.

“Test cricket has been enjoying a purple patch over the last couple of years with more positive results than ever and a genuine competitive balance between nations. The World Test Championship gets underway in August and will give fans greater context for all Test cricket providing an undisputed conclusion to some of the most renowned cricket rivalries in the international game.

“Nine Test nations will compete across 27 series and 71 Test matches to reach the ICC World Test Championship Final in 2021 where the World Test Champions will be crowned.”

India captain Virat Kohli said: “Retaining the ICC Test Championship Mace once again is something we are all really proud of. Our team has been doing well across formats but it gives us extra pleasure to come out on top of the Test rankings. We all know of the importance of Test cricket and of how only the best can prosper in the format.

“Our team has a lot of depth and I am sure this will stand us in good stead once the ICC World Test Championship commences later this year. That is again something we are really looking forward to as it adds more context to Test match cricket.”

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said: “It’s an awesome achievement for our side to finish second in the ICC Test Team Rankings and as a team we should be very proud. It’s come off the back of a lot of hard work and perseverance; not just by the eleven guys on the field, but the entire squad and support staff.

“It’s been especially pleasing to see the consistency we’ve shown in the longest form of the game over a decent period of time. We’re now all really looking forward to the ICC World Test Championship getting underway and the added context the competition will bring.”

ICC Test Team Rankings (as of 1 April 2019):

 

RANK   TEAM             POINTS

1.         India               116

2.         New Zealand   108

3.         South Africa    105

4.         Australia          104

5.         England           104

6.         Sri Lanka         93

7.         Pakistan           88

8.         Windies            77

9.         Bangladesh     69

10.       Zimbabwe        13

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