BCCI is all set to discuss the staging of the domestic season and staging England on the 17th of October. The schedule of India’s forthcoming tour of Australia will also form a part of the discussion when the BCCI’s apex council meets. The last series that took place in India was the three-match ODI rubber against Australia while the final instance of domestic games was in March.
BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has revealed that his priority is to keep the India-England series in India only. Ganguly also stated earlier that they would do all they can to make it happen along with the domestic tournaments despite the grave situation of COVID-19 pandemic. India’s caseload has amounted to more than 70 lakh currently with the fatalities going beyond one lakh. The English cricket team are scheduled to partake in five Tests, three ODIs, and three T20Is between January and March 2021.
England last visited India back in 2016, having lost all in all three formats convincingly. In case the spread of pandemic does not slow down, UAE, which is currently hosting the IPL could stage the series between the two teams. In case the series is held in India, Mumbai could host all the matches with the bio-bubble built in place. The newly-constructed Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad could also be the one that BCCI might want to explore.
BCCI in doubt of keeping the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy from the 19th of November:
As far as the domestic season is concerned, BCCI had planned to commence the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy from the 19th of November; however, due to the COVID-19 situation, it remains under the cloud. Hence, plenty of factors will come under consideration before keeping a shortened domestic season.