new Delhi: BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has said that the domestic cricket season will start from Ranji Trophy on January 1. The BCCI’s Apex Council met on Sunday evening and a considerable time was discussed on the domestic calendar which has gone awry due to rising cases of corona virus in India.
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Ganguly said, “We discussed domestic cricket for a long time and we have decided to potentially start the tournament from January 1, 2021.” When asked if the season would be shortened, the former Indian captain said that the board would not be able to organize all domestic tournaments for practical purposes.
Ganguly indicated that the BCCI is keeping an eye on the January to March window for the Ranji Trophy. He said, ‘We will definitely have a full season of Ranji Trophy. But it will probably not be possible to organize all the tournaments.
To reduce travel, matches are likely to be held in four groups (A, B, C and Plate) in four different centers. For example, Puducherry can host all Plate Group matches.
A BCI official said, “Puducherry has six grounds and has offered to host. It can host plate group matches while other groups can play at three different centers. Its main objective is to reduce the travel of the players. ”
The official said, “Bengaluru also has a lot of grounds so it can be one option and another option can be Dharamshala where Bilaspur and Nadaun are close to it.” With the assurance of Ganguly, things got cleared for the preparation of the season for the state associations. Kovid-19 is having an impact on most parts of the country and most of the players are training themselves. Earlier this week, Uttarakhand became the first team to train under one roof.
The BCCI president also assured that junior cricket and women’s tournament will be held between March and April. He said, ‘We have detailed plans for our age group and women’s cricket. We will start with Ranji Trophy and then we will do other tournaments between March and April. He also said that the Indian team will be allowed to train during the quarantine period in Australia.
The BCCI president said, ‘Cricket Australia has sent us a program and we discussed the modalities of that program. We will play four Tests and they will end in the third week of January. The Indian team is expected to play three ODIs, three T20 Internationals and four Tests on the Australian tour.
Regarding the home series against England, Ganguly said that the BCCI is assessing the situation and the final schedule will be prepared at the right time. He said, ‘The England series is still three and a half months away. We still have time. We are assessing the circumstances of Kovid-19 and will decide accordingly. For hosting the series in India (Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Dharamshala) some venues will be on the priority list and UAE is the second option.