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BCCI suggests a short season of domestic cricket during 2020-21

November 30, 2020

Written By,

Payel Gosh

The Board of Control for Cricket in India is planning to cut the domestic cricket season 2020-2021 short due to the Covid-19. The cricket board has presented four options to the state associations, regarding the arrangements of the domestic season.

The outbreak of the deadly virus around the world has forced the cricket board to postpone each of the international and domestic fixtures of the nation. However, as the outbreak is now slowing down slightly, BCCI has suggested the cricket associations with four alternatives. The associations have to revert to the choices given to them by 2nd December.

The BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has sent an email to all the BCCI affiliates and has specified four options to all of them. The email mentions having only Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy or only Ranji Trophy. It also mentions having both Ranji Trophy and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy; or both Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy.

The email further mentioned that for hosting domestic cricket in India, the BCCI would have to arrange six bio-secure hubs for the cricketers. The board will divide the 38 teams across the domestic circuit into five elite groups and one plate group. Each Elite Group will include 6 teams, and the Plate group will have 8 teams.

Proposed timeframe and dates by BCCI for all the tournaments

According to the BCCI, Ranji Trophy needs a timeframe of 67 days for its completion. Meanwhile, Vijay Hazare Trophy needs 28 days and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 22 days. The board has slated Syed Mushtaq Ali from December 20 to January 10; Vijay Hazare Trophy from January 11 to February 7 and Ranji Trophy from January 11 to March 18.

The BCCI is confident to begin the domestic season with T20 games. It plans for the T20 cricketers trying out the “bio-secure hub” first and then extends it for the Ranji Trophy. The board will stay in touch with two top hospitals for managing the hub.

Moreover, the email added that each of the cities, hosting the domestic cricket games, must have a minimum of three digital broadcast-friendly venues. BCCI has shortlisted Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru, Puducherry, Surat, Vadodara, Nagpur, Pune, Indore, Kolkata, and Hyderabad as the possible venues.

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Written By,

Payel Gosh