The BCCI Apex Council met on Sunday night and period of time was spent on discussing the home calendar which had been thrown in disarray by the surging circumstances of COVID-19 in India.
“Now we have had in depth discussions on home cricket and we now have tentatively determined to start out the competitions from January 1, 2021,” Ganguly advised PTI from Dubai.
When requested if it might be a curtailed season or not, the previous Indian captain stated the board will not be capable to accommodate all home tournaments for sensible functions.
“We will definitely have the complete fledged Ranji Trophy redball event. It’s going to in all probability not be doable to carry all tournaments,” Ganguly stated, hinting that BCCI is eyeing the January-March window for Ranji Trophy.
To minimise journey, matches are prone 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 will possibly host the Plate Group video games whereas the opposite Teams can play in three completely different centres. The primary motive is to minimise journey for gamers.
“Bangalore additionally has lots of grounds so it may be one possibility and another choice could be Dharamsala which has Bilaspur and Nadaun in its proximity,” a BCCI official advised PTI.
With Ganguly’s assurance, the state associations have gotten a lot wanted readability to arrange for the season. With the COVID-19 scenario affecting most elements of the nation, most gamers are coaching on their very own. Earlier this week, Uttarakhand turned the primary staff to start out coaching beneath one roof.
In the meantime, Ganguly additionally assured that the junior cricket and girls’s tournaments will likely be held between March and April.
“We even have elaborate plans for our age group and girls’s cricket. We’ll begin with Ranji Trophy after which we can even have the opposite tournaments between March and April,” he stated.
He additionally knowledgeable that the Indian staff will likely be allowed to coach in Australia throughout their quarantine section.
“Cricket Australia has despatched us an itinerary and we mentioned the modalities of that itinerary. We will likely be taking part in 4 Checks and that may finish in third week of January,” the BCCI president stated.
The Indian staff is predicted to play three ODIs, three T20Is and 4 Checks Down Beneath.
On the next dwelling collection in opposition to England, Ganguly stated that the BCCI is monitoring the scenario and the ultimate itinerary will likely be ready in due time.
“The England collection is nice three and a half to 4 months away. We nonetheless have time. We’re monitoring the scenario (COVID-19) which is fairly fluid and can take a name accordingly,” he stated.
Whereas internet hosting the collection in India (Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Dharamsala being seemingly venues) stays precedence, the UAE is a second possibility.
A BCCI official added that there’s a sturdy risk that the T20 collection will likely be performed at a single venue, likewise for ODIs and at most two venues for Take a look at matches to minimise journey.
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