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BCCI unlikely to host domestic tournaments this season
Friday 11 September 2020

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is unlikely to host any domestic tournaments in the country this season owing to the coronavirus crisis in the country. India is on the verge of surpassing Brazil to become the second worst-affected nation in the world from COVID-19 after the US. India has been witnessing a record number of cases on a daily basis which makes it almost impossible for BCCI to plan the resumption of domestic cricket in the country.
As per a report in Times of India, no official decision has been made yet but the BCCI is in talks to not host any premier domestic tournaments like Ranji Trophy, Deodhar Trophy and Duleep Trophy among others this season. BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had earlier assured a curtailed domestic season to the state associations, however, increasing COVID cases across the country possesses a huge challenge for the board.
"In certain states, it's bad. In other states, it's worse. The numbers are unrelenting. In such a scenario, how does one plan anything over a period of three or four months, when you're not sure what's in store tomorrow," sources in the know-how of developments were quoted as saying by The Times of India.
BCCI had plans of hosting some domestic tournaments which would have been economically beneficial for all stakeholders involved when Ganguly had written a letter to state associations in July. However, that looks unlikely now as preparing a bio-secure bubble for thousands of cricketers taking part in different tournaments across the country is deemed unfeasible.
The BCCI had also released SOPs for the resumption of domestic cricket and Ganguly had stated that the tournaments can be conducted when it's safe to do so. However, the COVID-19 situation has gone from bad to worse in the country.
"First, the state government permissions would be required. Then the city-specific municipalities will need to give a go-ahead. And even if that happens, preparing a bio-secure bubble for 37 Ranji teams, five Duleep Trophy teams, and the several other domestic teams would be next to impossible. Travel and accommodation will be another concern. It's not feasible," sources told Times of India.
Meanwhile, the Indian Premier League (IPL) which is also a domestic tournament, albeit on a different economic scale, will be staged in the UAE starting from September 19. All eight teams will be staying in a bio-secure bubble in the UAE throughout the season and will be undergoing COVID-19 tests regularly to keep the infection at bay.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is unlikely to host any domestic tournaments in the country this season owing to the coronavirus crisis in the country. India is on the verge of surpassing Brazil to become the second worst-affected nation in the world from COVID-19 after the US. India has been witnessing a record number of cases on a daily basis which makes it almost impossible for BCCI to plan the resumption of domestic cricket in the country.

As per a report in The Times of India, no official decision has been made yet but the BCCI is in talks to not host any premier domestic tournaments like Ranji Trophy, Deodhar Trophy and Duleep Trophy among others this season. BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had earlier assured a curtailed domestic season to the state associations, however, increasing COVID cases across the country possesses a huge challenge for the board.

"In certain states, it's bad. In other states, it's worse. The numbers are unrelenting. In such a scenario, how does one plan anything over a period of three or four months, when you're not sure what's in store tomorrow," sources in the know-how of developments were quoted as saying by The Times of India.

BCCI had plans of hosting some domestic tournaments which would have been economically beneficial for all stakeholders involved when Ganguly had written a letter to state associations in July. However, that looks unlikely now as preparing a bio-secure bubble for thousands of cricketers taking part in different tournaments across the country is deemed unfeasible.

The BCCI had also released SOPs for the resumption of domestic cricket and Ganguly had stated that the tournaments can be conducted when it's safe to do so. However, the COVID-19 situation has gone from bad to worse in the country.

"First, the state government permissions would be required. Then the city-specific municipalities will need to give a go-ahead. And even if that happens, preparing a bio-secure bubble for 37 Ranji teams, five Duleep Trophy teams, and the several other domestic teams would be next to impossible. Travel and accommodation will be another concern. It's not feasible," sources told The Times of India.

Meanwhile, the Indian Premier League (IPL) which is also a domestic tournament, albeit on a different economic scale, will be staged in the UAE starting from September 19. All eight teams will be staying in a bio-secure bubble in the UAE throughout the season and will be undergoing COVID-19 tests regularly to keep the infection at bay.

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