Viewed against the backdrop of India's shocking batting displays on tours of England and Australia, the nature of wickets for first-class cricket emerged as the major point of discussion at the Ranji Trophy captains, coaches conclave with officials of the Board of Control for Cricket in India here on Thursday.

The idea of playing first-class matches on uncovered tracks was suggested to the BCCI by captains and coaches attending the meeting. According to sources, uncovered wickets would test the batsman's mettle by making him perform in difficult conditions. Ranji Trophy league matches last season saw batsmen piling up huge scores on docile wickets prepared to suit host associations.

Batsmen chosen for international cricket on the basis of domestic performances are cruelly exposed against pace, swing and bounce. — Special Correspondent

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