In what comes as a positive development for Indian domestic cricket, the BCCI has not yet given up on hosting India’s premier First-Class tournament- Ranji Trophy- despite the global contagion Covid-19 severely affecting the 2020/21 domestic calendar.
According to the latest report published in ESPNCricinfo, President Sourav Ganguly voiced strong support in favor of conducting the Ranji Trophy at the BCCI’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Ahmedabad on December 24.
Recently the BCCI has announced that it will be conducting Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy in the month of January (10-31) in bio-secure bubbles across six states in the country. Post the culmination of the tournament, it would then seek the views of state associations on conducting various other domestic tournaments.
Ganguly told the BCCI members that the state must explore the possibility of staging the Ranji Trophy. It is expected that BCCI would follow SMAT with Vijay Hazare 50-over tournament followed by Ranji Trophy.
In the meeting, the apex cricketing body has decided to compensate domestic players-men and women- for the loss of cricket during the pandemic. The compensation prize, however, will be worked out once the domestic calendar is finalized.