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BCCI scheduling Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in January 2021 ahead of Ranji Trophy

November 16, 2020

Written By,

Payel Gosh

The BCCI could arrange the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy at the beginning of January. They would start this trophy early with an eye on the Indian Premier League 2021 Auction. The BCCI had to postpone the domestic season due to the Covid pandemic.

As indicated by reports, the BCCI has just updated some of the state associations about the plans. They have sent the feelers to those associations where there are various grounds, and five-star hotels to establish bio-bubble security for at least three cricket teams.

“Yes, the IPL auctions this year will be important for at least two to three teams which is weak on Indian talent. For their talent scouts, IPL will be an absolute necessity. So its only logical that Mushtaq Ali happens before Ranji Trophy,” a state unit official told PTI.

The media source additionally cited the official as saying that the BCCI is taking a look at those state units, where there are at any rate three grounds inside a manageable distance with five-star facilities.

“There are at least 10 state units that will be approached and asked if they can create bio-secure environment. The BCCI feels that if six out of 10 units give a positive response; then Mushtaq Ali can be completed in a two-week window, and Ranji Trophy can start,” he said.

CAB is the potential host for the National T20 Championships

Furthermore, the report stated that the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) is one of the probable hosts for the National T20 Championships, with three grounds in their hand. Those grounds are – Eden Gardens, JU (Salt Lake), and Kalyani. The officials trust that CAB's six-club debut T20 league will be a pointer for the state unit to investigate if they are equipped for making a bio-bubble for the cricketers and staff.

The CAB had focused on two hotels – Novotel and Hyatt for keeping the six groups in a bio-secure atmosphere. But, Hyatt said that it will be hard for them to give selective hotel staff (room administration and housekeeping) for bio-bubble.

“So CAB has booked 80 rooms for six teams and two complete floors to create a bio-bubble,” a senior CAB official told PTI.

If CAB can figure out how to lead the tournament effectively, it can have one group of matches of Mushtaq Ali in Kolkata and Kalyani. Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy is probably going to begin high-profile cricket in India after nearly 12 months. The nation has not seen any serious domestic or international game since March when the activity was stopped in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The BCCI is additionally keen to have England in India as well as organize IPL 2021 in the nation.

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Written By,

Payel Gosh