new Delhi: The BCCI’s Apex Council meeting to be held today will discuss the 14-day quarantine period in Brisbane and the venue and format of the home series against England before the start of the tour to Australia. The 3 top BCCI officials – Chairman Sourav Ganguly, Secretary Jay Shah and Treasurer Arun Dhumal – are present in the UAE to oversee the conduct of IPL 2020.
There will be 5 issues on the agenda of this virtual meeting, of which domestic cricket operations and the schedule of international matches will be mainly discussed. The third issue on the agenda will be domestic cricket, which has not yet started due to rising cases of corona virus and it can be concluded in advance that whenever the 2020-21 season starts, it will be shortened.
After the IPL, there will be an in-depth discussion on the logistics and operations of a large Indian contingent going from Dubai to Queensland in Brisbane. It is expected that at least 28 players from all the three formats will travel together in a special aircraft with aides and administrative staff.
A BCCI source said on the condition of confidentiality, “Cricket Australia has made a big program which is yet to be finalized. There will be discussion on this as well as on whether relief can be possible in the 14-day quarantine.
The source said, ‘The BCCI has already appealed to the Queensland Health Department for relief. And if the option of training in it is possible, then it will be good.
Another topic of discussion is the schedule of the home series against England. Although experts are anticipating the increase of Kovid-19 cases during the festival days, the BCCI can make only several plans.
Another option would be to host England in the United Arab Emirates, which remains the second ‘home’ of the Indian team and whose cricket board has signed a memorandum of understanding with the BCCI. The BCCI can also get information from the current I League qualifier in Kolkata and the Indian Super League football event in Goa in the ‘Bio-Bubble’.