India’s home series has yet to begin due to the growing devastation of the corona virus epidemic, but the BCCI’s statement certainly raises hopes.
New Delhi: BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has said that the domestic cricket season will start on January 2 with the Ranji Trophy. The ACC Council of the BCCI met on Sunday evening and there was considerable discussion on the domestic calendar, which has been a cause for concern due to the growing cases of corona virus in India.
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“We have been discussing domestic cricket for a long time and we have decided to start this potential tournament from January 1, 2021,” said Ganguly. Asked if the season would be shortened, the former India captain said the board could not host all domestic tournaments for practical purposes.
Ganguly indicated that the BCCI is keeping an eye on the January-March window for the Ranji Trophy. “We must have the Ranji Trophy all season,” he said. However, it may not be possible to host all the tournaments.
To reduce travel, matches can be held in four groups (A, B, C and Plate) at four separate centers. For example, Puducherry can host all matches in the plate group.
A PUD official said, “Puducherry has six bases and they have offered to host. It can host plate group matches while other groups can play at three separate centers. The main goal is to reduce player travel.”
The official said, “Bangalore also has a lot of bases so it could be an option and another option could be Dharamsala where Bilaspur and Nadun are close.” With Ganguly’s reassurance, things have become clearer for the preparation of the season for the State Union. Covid-19 is affecting most parts of the country and most of the players are training themselves. Earlier this week, Uttarakhand became the first team to train under one roof.
The BCCI president also assured that the junior cricket and women’s tournaments would be held between March and April. “We have detailed plans for our age group and women’s cricket,” she said. We will start with the Ranji Trophy and then we will do other tournaments between March and April. He added that the Indian team would be allowed to train during the secession period in Australia.
The BCCI president said, “Cricket Australia has sent us a program and we have discussed the modalities of that program. We will play four Tests and they will end in the third week of January. The Indian team is expected to play three ODIs, three T20s and four Tests in Australia.
Regarding the home series against England, Ganguly said the BCCI was assessing the situation and the final schedule would be prepared at the right time. “The England series is still three and a half months away,” he said. We still have time. We are evaluating the situation of Covid-19 and will decide accordingly. A few places will be on the priority list for hosting the series in India (Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Dharamsala) and the UAE is the second option.