BCCI Secretary Jay Shah
BCCI Secretary Jay Shah (Image Credit: Twitter)

The BCCI Secretary Jay Shah was criticized for conducting IPL over domestic tournaments like Ranji Trophy and he has responded to it stating it as an unfair one. The ongoing pandemic has made life difficult for the cricketers, especially those who have been relying on domestic action while the international cricketers have been striving to cope up with quarantine.

The IPL 2020 was conducted in closed doors in UAE and it was the first major tournament conducted after the lockdown restrictions eased. It helped BCCI organize some domestic tournaments but still, the Ranji Trophy did not take place which was a big question mark.

Jay Shah
BCCI Secretary Jay Shah. (Photo: BCCI)

Jay Shah Feels Unfair To Compare IPL With Other Domestic Tournaments

Jay Shah felt that the criticism over IPL being conducted rather than the other domestic tournaments was unfair and noted the fact that tournaments like the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Vijay Hahare Trophy had taken place in spite of all the restrictions going around.

He also wanted to stop IPL from being compared with Indian domestic tournaments and explained that it is one of the best methods to bring the world’s best cricket skills together.

“I feel the criticism is unwarranted and unfair. In 2020 as well, in the middle of the pandemic, we conducted Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament, Vijay Hazare tournament and Senior Women’s One-day tournament taking all precautions,” 

“It won’t be a fair assessment if IPL is compared with other Indian domestic tournaments. The IPL has a franchise model and a platform for the world’s best cricketers, coaches, support staff to come and showcase their skills.” Jay Shah stated

Jay Shah, Kiran Rijiju
Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju and BCCI secretary Jay Shah (Photo: Twitter)

Jay Shah Explains The Difficulties Of Conducting Indian Domestic Tournaments

Jay Shah revealed that IPL is over within 60 games, while the planning has to be done for domestic games for more than 2000 games. He stated how different states have been affected by Covid situations and conduction a full season was definitely not on the cards. He added the improvement of the situation enhanced to conduct a full season for this year in a few months’ time.

“The Indian domestic season has over 2000 games, whereas the IPL has 60 matches. With a cricketing set-up as big and as diverse as India’s, it is not easy to conduct a full season when so many states are grappling with COVID caseloads. However, with the situation improving, we have announced a full season comprising 2127 domestic games across age groups for both men and women,” he added

BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah
BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah (Image Credit: Twitter)

BCCI has also shifted the T20 World cup from India to UAE due to the Covid situation in the country.