Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly (Image Credit: Twitter)

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly stated that India ‘A’ tours will not be held anymore during the Ranji Trophy season.

This decision has been taken to ensure that all the states will have their premier players available for the biggest domestic tournament in Indian cricket.

As a policy, we have decided that we will not have India ‘A’ tours during Ranji Trophy season. We don’t want to dilute the quality of our premier first-class tournament. We want as many top players as possible to be available during the Ranji Trophy,” the former cricketer stated.

Ranji Trophy. Photo- Twitter
Ranji Trophy. Photo- Twitter

Nevertheless, both India A games and Ranji matches are the best way for a player to jump on the national selector’s radar. The Indian Premier League (IPL) is one of the routes as well.

“Bilateral tours will continue” – Sourav Ganguly

Ganguly also shut down the rumors stating the IPL will end the relevance of bilateral series, which are slowly losing their place on the cricketing calendar.

Bilateral tours will continue. The IPL is an Indian tournament. Bilateral tours are for the rest of the world to generate revenue. Players from other countries need bilateral series,” he also added.

Rishabh Pant, Rahul Dravid
Rishabh Pant, Rahul Dravid. (Photo: Twitter)

As for the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia later this year, Ganguly said the team will be decided in the games that follow after the England tour.

Rahul Dravid (Team India head coach) is looking into it. He has been planning to play a settled set of players at some stage. Probably from the England tour next month, we will start playing with players who are likely to play in the T20 World Cup in October,” Ganguly mentioned.

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