Xtra Time Internet Desk: The much-awaited home cricket season could begin from January 1 subsequent yr, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly mentioned on Sunday. The BCCI Apex Council met on Sunday night and period of time was spent on discussing the home calendar which had been thrown in disarray by the surging circumstances of COVID-19 in India.
“We have now had in depth discussions on home cricket and we’ve tentatively determined to begin the competitions from January 1, 2021,” Ganguly informed information company PTI.
On being requested if it might be a curtailed season or not, the previous Indian captain mentioned the board gained’t be capable of accommodate all home tournaments for sensible functions.
“We will definitely have the full-fledged Ranji Trophy pink ball event. It would most likely not be attainable to carry 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 girls’s tournaments shall be held between March and April.
“We even have elaborate plans for our age group and girls’s cricket. We are going to begin with Ranji Trophy after which we may even have the opposite tournaments between March and April,” he mentioned.
He additionally knowledgeable that the Indian crew shall be allowed to coach in Australia throughout their quarantine part.
“Cricket Australia has despatched us an itinerary and we mentioned the modalities of that itinerary. We shall be taking part in 4 Assessments and that may finish within the third week of January,” the BCCI president mentioned. The Indian crew is anticipated to play three ODIs, three T20Is and 4 Assessments Down Beneath.
On the house sequence in opposition to England, Ganguly mentioned that the BCCI is monitoring the state of affairs and the ultimate itinerary shall be ready in due time. “The England sequence is sweet three and a half to 4 months away. We nonetheless have time. We’re monitoring the state of affairs (COVID-19) which is fairly fluid and can take a name accordingly,” he mentioned.
Whereas internet hosting the sequence in India (Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Dharamsala being seemingly venues) stays a precedence, the UAE is a second choice.