BCCI President Sourav Ganguly said on Saturday that India’s domestic session would start from January 1. He also said that the BCCI has “detailed plans” for junior cricket and women’s tournaments.
The Supreme Council of BCCI met on Saturday to discuss the domestic calendar, which was thrown into disarray by the growing Kovid-19 cases in India.
“We have extensively discussed domestic cricket and we have decided to start the competitions from 1 January 2021,” Ganguly told PTI from Dubai.
Asked whether it would be a rough season or not, the former Indian captain said that the board would not be able to accommodate all domestic tournaments given the situation with an epidemic.
He said, ‘We will definitely have the full Ranji Trophy. [But] It would not be possible to hold all the tournaments, “Ganguly said, adding that the BCCI was eyeing the January-March period for the Ranji Trophy.” We also have detailed plans for our age group and women’s cricket. We will start with the Ranji Trophy and then we will have other tournaments between March and April. ‘
To reduce travel, matches are likely to be held in four different centers, one for each of the four groups (A, B, C and Plate). For example, Puducherry Plate can host all teams in the group.
A BCCI official told PTI, “Puducherry has six grounds and has offered to host. It can host a plate group game while other groups can play in three different centers. The main motive is the players’ journey. Has to do with less. ” “Bangalore has a lot of bases so it can be an option. Another option could be Dharamshala, which is closely followed by Bilaspur and Badaun.”
Ganguly’s words are likely to give clarity to the state associations for their season preparations. Most players are training on their own due to the Kovid-19 trend in India, although earlier this week, Uttarakhand became the first team to start training under one roof.
On the international front, the Indian team is expected to tour Australia in the 2020-21 season, playing three ODIs, three T20Is and four Tests. Ganguly indicated that the players would be allowed to train in Australia during their quarantine phase.
“Cricket Australia has sent us an itinerary and we have discussed the modalities of that itinerary,” Ganguly said. “We are playing four Tests and it will end in the third week of January.”
After returning from Australia, a home series is scheduled against England, but Ganguly said that no final call can be taken on schedule yet.
“England’s series is three and a half months away,” he said. “We still have time. We are monitoring.” [Covid-19] The situation, which is very fluid and will take a call accordingly. “
Hosting the series against England in India (Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Dharamshala as possible venues) is a priority, but the UAE – where IPL 2020 is underway – is another option for the board.
A BCCI official said that stopping all T20Is and ODIs at two different singles places against England was a possibility. Similarly, the test can be conducted in only two places to minimize travel.