2021-22 Ranji Trophy finalists Mumbai crashed out of the ongoing season after they played out a draw against Maharashtra in their final group stage game on Friday, January 27. Mumbai were chasing 253 in the 2nd innings when they fell short of 58 runs and were restricted to 195/6 after the end of play on day 4.
With the draw, Mumbai finished the group on 4th position, while Saurashtra and Andhra qualified from group B for the quarter-finals. Had Mumbai got extra time, they would have gone for the win, which would have been enough to qualify for the next round.
The draw was a hard pill to digest for Mumbai players and skipper Ajinkya Rahane, especially, who called out for a massive rule change after missing out on another shot at domestic glory. Rahane demanded that similar to international cricket, First-Class cricket should also have five days instead of the traditional four days.
“First-Class cricket can become result oriented if we play matches over five days instead of four. In international cricket, every game guarantees a result, but in domestic cricket, if it is a flat track, it gets really hard to get win. Playing four days of cricket on flat tracks is getting challenging.”
Rahane further added that all the games are of five-days from the quarter-finals, so why can’t it be the same for the whole tournament?