Dilip Vengsarkar
Dilip Vengsarkar[File photo]

Former Indian batsman Dilip Vengsarkar has criticized the BCCI for not keeping Irani Cup, Duleep Trophy, and Deodhar Trophy in the upcoming domestic season for the 2021-22 season. Two days ago, the BCCI announced the return of a full domestic season, starting from September. Dilip Vengsarkar believes that the board ought to have squeezed in the aforementioned three tournaments as well.

While the COVID-19 pandemic forced the BCCI to conduct a curtailed domestic season in 2020-21, the same won’t be the case this year. The board had to skip the Ranji Trophy for the first time since its inception and accommodate only Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy. But the 2021-22 season starts in September, with all the tournaments in place till March 2022.

Shocking That BCCI Did Not Schedule Irani Cup, Duleep Trophy, And Deodhar Trophy In The 2021-22 Season: Dilip Vengsarkar
Tamil Nadu won the SMT 2020-21. (Credits: Twitter)

Dilip Vengsarkar expressed shock at BCCI’s decision of not keeping the Irani Cup, Duleep Trophy, and Deodhar Trophy tournaments in the calendar. The former chief selector reckons the Indian cricket board must invest in domestic cricket by attending to it fully.

“It’s shocking that the BCCI has not scheduled the Irani Cup, Duleep Trophy, and Deodhar Trophy tournaments in the calendar in the forthcoming season. It’s important for the board to invest in domestic cricket and must pay full attention to it,” Vengsarkar told Times of India.

The BCCI can stage these tournaments in August-September: Dilip Vengsarkar

Dilip Vengsarkar
Dilip Vengsarkar. (Photo: BCCI)

Dilip Vengsarkar conceded that BCCI could squeeze these tournaments between August-September in Bangalore. The 65-year old criticized BCCI’s mindset by saying that other domestic cricketers should not be left sitting at home only because most international players would be busy with the IPL. Vengsarkar wants cricketers who are part of the senior men’s team but don’t feature in IPL to have opportunities.

“The BCCI can stage these tournaments, which are of tremendous importance in the domestic calendar, in August-September in Bangalore. Just because some players will be busy with the IPL, it doesn’t mean that the remaining domestic cricketers should be left twiddling their thumbs at home. Many domestic players, who don’t play in the IPL but are regular, senior players in their state sides will get the opportunity to play in these tournaments,” he added.

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