BCCI, Sourav Ganguly, Jay Shah, Arun Dhumal
BCCI officials. (Photo: Twitter)

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is scheduled to conduct 1054 domestic matches in the upcoming 2021-22 season. The Indian board will conduct a total of 13 tournaments across different age groups and has already sent notifications to state associations regarding the COVID guidelines.

Last year, Ranji Trophy was not played for the first time in its history, while the 50-over Vijay Hazare Trophy and the 20-over Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy were held. The BCCI has announced compensation for domestic cricketers and officials for the last year’s domestic season and has hiked the per match fees of the players as well for both men and women and age-group cricketers.

The tournament to be conducted this season are Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Vijay Hazare Trophy, Ranji Trophy, Men’s State A One Day, Col C. K. Naidu Trophy, Vinoo Mankad Trophy, Men’s U19 One Day Challenger, Cooch Behar Trophy (Multi-Day), Senior Women’s T20 League, Senior Women’s One Day League, Senior Women’s One Day Challenger Trophy, Women’s U19 One Day League and Women’s U19 One Day Challenger Trophy.

Ranji Trophy 2020-21 Winners Saurashtra
Ranji Trophy 2020-21 Winners Saurashtra (Image Credit: Twitter)

Bio-Secure Bubbles Will Be Created In Over 25 Cities And More Than 75 Hotels: BCCI

In a note circulated among the members of the Apex Council, the BCCI stated that they will conduct 13 tournaments in the 2021-22 season. This domestic season will start on September 28 and is said to run till April 2 next year, the board has tied up with the Apollo Hospitals to create the Covid-proof bio-secure environment.

“It is a massive astroturfing exercise that the BCCI has undertaken and 1054 domestic matches under bio-secure environment will be no mean task. The enormity of the task can be gauged from the fact that the bio-secure bubbles will be created in over 25 cities and more than 75 hotels with at least 220 rooms in each city.

Tamil Nadu v Tripura Ranji Trophy match (Photo- Twitter)
Tamil Nadu v Tripura Ranji Trophy match (Photo- Twitter)

Given the constraints of time because of need to quarantine for six days before the start of a tournament and again before the knockout rounds, a few tournaments like Irani Trophy, Duleep Trophy had to be excluded,” the BCCI official said as per Cricbuzz.

BCCI Is Looking Forward To Hosting The Full Domestic Season For 2021 – 2022 For Both And Men And Women Category

BCCI called the domestic cricket of India its backbone with thousands of cricket players participating across various tournaments and age groups. It is a nurturing ground to produce world-class players for the Indian team, the Apex Council note said.

“The BCCI was able to organise a very limited amount of domestic cricket in the last season due to the raging Covid 19 pandemic. In the current season, the pandemic situation has considerably improved, and the vaccination process is in full swing. India is also opening, and domestic travel allowed in most parts of the county.

BCCI
BCCI. (Photo- PTI)

The BCCI is looking forward to hosting the full domestic season for 2021 – 2022 for both and men and women category. The new season will be played in a bio secure environment in a similar manner like how it was done in the previous years,” the note concludes listing out the tournaments to be conducted.

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