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BCCI to Hold Full-Fledged Ranji Trophy, Says Ganguly

BCCI to Hold Full-Fledged Ranji Trophy, Says Ganguly
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The Indian cricket board president Sourav Ganguly said that India’s domestic season would tentatively begin on January 1, 2021. After the Apex Council Meeting Ganguly informing the same to PTI said that the BCCI will hold the full-fledged Ranji Trophy.

Indian cricket domestic season

On Saturday after the meeting of BCCI, Sourav Ganguly told PTI about the possible start of Indian cricket’s domestic season this year. He told, “We have had extensive discussions on domestic cricket and we have tentatively decided to start the competitions from January 1, 2021.” However, he further added that all tournaments would not be possible to organize this time. He ensured about holding the full-fledged Ranji Trophy though. “We will certainly have the full fledged Ranji Trophy red-ball tournament. It will probably not be possible to hold all tournaments.”

Due to the pandemic, there was uncertainty over this year’s domestic season. But Ganguly seems optimistic about an unhindered Ranji Trophy season now. Ganguly also informed, “We also have elaborate plans for our age group and women’s cricket. We will start with Ranji Trophy and then we will also have the other tournaments between March and April.”

State associations unaware

But reportedly, this has not been discussed with the state associations. Hence, they have also raised concerns over no communication by the board so far with them to address the necessary requirements to hold a tournament involving 38 state associations.

A state association official told Cricbuzz, “There is a lot that goes on before a state team plays domestic cricket. We also have to look at bio bubbles and the challenges of organising matches in these times. At the end of the day, these matches have to be organised by the state units.” He added, “Everyone understands that in these times, it’s difficult to plan out things, but it would have been better if the BCCI would have had a virtual meeting with all the state units together to understand their worries and suggestions regarding domestic cricket.”

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Written by Shreyasi Talukdar

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