The much-awaited home cricket season will begin from January 1, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly mentioned on Saturday. The BCCI Apex Council met on Saturday night and a great period of time was spent on discussing the home 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 advised PTI from Dubai.
When requested if it will be a curtailed season or not, the previous Indian captain mentioned the board will not have the ability to accommodate all home tournaments for sensible functions.
“We will certainly have the full fledged Ranji Trophy redball 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.
The BCCI president 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 predicted to play three ODIs, three T20Is and 4 Tests Down Under.
On the 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 seemingly venues) stays precedence, the UAE is a second possibility.
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