Four 'guest' players allowed for each state associations

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Mumbai, Aug 30 (UNI) The state associations will now be permitted to allow not more than four 'guest' players who are from areas outside their jurisdiction in their squad from the 2008-09 season onwards, up from the three that was previously permitted.

Of these four players, one overseas player can be included, but he must have played at least ten Tests or 20 ODIs. However, only three outstation players can be included in the playing XI, these were the decisions taken by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) technical committee which met here today.

The meeting was chaired by Sunil Gavaskar. The last date for associations to register their outstation players will be September 1 every year.

No high-profile overseas players have featured for India's state associations, with the likes of Vikram Solanki, Kabir Ali and Nayan Doshi, former India left-arm spinner Dilip Doshi's son, having played in recent seasons. The first two turned out for Rajasthan, while Doshi played for Saurashtra, the region his family originally hails from.

However, things could change, with many overseas players having been part of the squads of the eight franchises that contested the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League earlier in the year.

But it's unlikely that associations will be able to match the sums franchises shelled out for the big names.

The 2008-09 season will begin with Irani Trophy match-between Ranji Trophy champions Delhi and Rest of India, which has been advanced to September 24, instead of October one to five as originally scheduled.

The BCCI technical committee also deliberated on the amendments in playing conditions for domestic tournaments. They chose to retain the original Powerplay rule in the forthcoming season.

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