BCCI president Sourav Ganguly announces that the domestic cricket season will tentatively begin on January 1, 2021.
Despite the surging number of cases of COVID-19 in the country, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had still managed to spend a good amount of time to discuss the domestic calendar. With that, India’s domestic season will get underway from January 1 as per BCCI president Sourav Ganguly.
As per Ganguly, ‘We have had extensive discussions on domestic cricket and we have tentatively decided to start the competitions from January 1, 2021. We will certainly have the full-fledged Ranji Trophy red-ball tournament. It will probably not be possible to hold all tournaments’.
‘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 added.
This announcement has led to several concerns from the state associations who claim to have not been consulted about their current situation. Also, they raised some concerns about having no communication with the board about certain requirements that will enable them to hold the tournament.
With that, a BCCI official said, ‘There is a lot that goes on before a state team plays domestic cricket. We also have to look at bio bubbles and the challenges of organising matches in these times. At the end of the day, these matches have to be organised by the state units’.
‘Everyone understands that in these times, it's difficult to plan out things, but it would have been better if the BCCI would have had a virtual meeting with all the state units together to understand their worries and suggestions regarding domestic cricket’, the official added.
Aside from the resumption of the Ranji Trophy, Ganguly also announced that a tour of Australia will take place later this year. The said tour comprises of four Tests and will end in the third week of January. After that tour, a home series against England is also expected to take place. To further understand how cricket is played, head over to Betwala.
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