The Chairman of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Sourav Ganguly has made a big statement regarding to the resumption of domestic cricket. As we know, thousands of first-class, under-19 junior cricket are in a state of confusion due to the restrictions imposed amid Coronavirus (Covid-19). Although the Indian Premier League (IPl 2020) is set to begin next month, but it will be played in the UAE. Covid-19 cases in India have increased rapidly in recent times and because of that, the sports federation has become cautious about the event. Ganguly has clearly mentioned that domestic cricket will be played only when the conditions are completely safe with Covid-19.
Under normal circumstances, the domestic cricketing session starts in August, but due to the pandemic, the calendar has gone awry and in Ganguly’s letter to the state unions on Thursday, it turns out that the board has not finalized any date yet. The domestic season is now expected to begin with the ‘Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament‘ which may start from the third week of November. Ganguly wrote in a letter to the presidents and secretaries of recognized member associations, “The BCCI is making all efforts to ensure that domestic cricket is restored as soon as the conditions are suitable. Apart from the players, the health and safety of other people involved in domestic cricket are most important for the BCCI and we are constantly monitoring all aspects.”
He wrote, “All the members will be informed about the steps taken by the board and suggestions will be taken before restoring domestic cricket.” Ganguly said that the BCCI hopes that the Covid-19 situation will improve in the next few months and domestic cricket will start in a safe environment. The BCCI chief also briefed the members about the commitments of India’s Future Tour Program (FTP) which includes a tour of Australia later this year and hosting England in early 2021.
He said that India is ready to host the T20 World Cup and the ODI World Cup in 2023 next year. Ganguly said, “BCCI and Indian cricket team will continue to fulfill their FTP commitments. The senior Indian men’s team will go to Australia for the series in December this year and we will return to the country for the series against England in early February next year.”
He added, “Indian Premier League 2021 will be played in April. The BCCI will host the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 and the 50-over ICC Cricket World Cup in 2023 as well.” The former Indian captain also said that there are discussions regarding the tour of Indian women’s team as well, but any decision hasn’t been taken yet.