Updated: October 17, 2020 10:24:31 pm
The a lot awaited domestic cricket season will begin from January 1 with the Ranji Trophy, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly mentioned on Saturday.
The BCCI Apex Council met on Sunday night and a great period of time was spent on discussing the domestic calendar which had been thrown in disarray by the surging instances of COVID-19 in India.
“We have had extensive discussions on domestic cricket and we have tentatively decided to start the competitions from January 1, 2021,” Ganguly informed PTI from Dubai.
When requested if it could be a curtailed season or not, the previous Indian captain mentioned the board gained’t be capable to accommodate all domestic tournaments for sensible functions.
“We will certainly have the full-fledged Ranji Trophy red ball tournament. It will probably not be possible to hold all tournaments,” Ganguly mentioned, hinting that BCCI is eyeing the January-March window for Ranji Trophy.
To minimise journey, matches are likely to be organised in 4 completely different centres dividing the 4 teams (A, B, C and Plate). For instance, Puducherry can host all groups in Plate Group.
“Puducherry has six grounds and have supplied to host. It can host the Plate Group video games whereas the opposite Groups can play in three completely different centres. The predominant motive is to minimise journey for gamers.
“Bangalore also has a lot of grounds so it can be one option and another option can be Dharamsala which has Bilaspur and Nadaun in its proximity,” a BCCI official informed PTI.
With Ganguly’s assurance, the state associations have gotten a lot wanted readability to organize for the season. With the COVID-19 scenario affecting most components of the nation, most gamers are coaching on their very own. Earlier this week, Uttarakhand grew to become the primary workforce to start out coaching beneath one roof.
Meanwhile, Ganguly additionally assured that the junior cricket and ladies’s tournaments can be held between March and April.
“We also have elaborate plans for our age group and women’s cricket. We will start with Ranji Trophy and then we will also have the other tournaments between March and April,” he mentioned.
He additionally knowledgeable that the Indian workforce can be allowed to coach in Australia throughout their quarantine part.
“Cricket Australia has sent us an itinerary and we discussed the modalities of that itinerary. We will be playing four Tests and that will end in third week of January,” the BCCI president mentioned.
The Indian workforce is anticipated to play three ODIs, three T20Is and 4 Tests Down Under.
On the next house collection in opposition to England, Ganguly mentioned that the BCCI is monitoring the scenario and the ultimate itinerary can be ready in due time.
“The England series is good three and a half to four months away. We still have time. We are monitoring the situation (COVID-19) which is pretty fluid and will take a call accordingly,” he mentioned.
While internet hosting the collection in India (Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Dharamsala being likely venues) stays precedence, the UAE is a second possibility.
A BCCI official added that there’s a sturdy risk that the T20 collection can be performed at a single venue, likewise for ODIs and at most two venues for Test matches to minimise journey.