The BCCI has announced the name of six centres for the bio-bubble creation ahead of the Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament, set to begin from the 10th of January. The BCCI is all set to welcome back domestic cricket in the fold after COVID-19 outbreak forced everything to come to a halt. The last instance of domestic cricket was back in March when the Ranji Trophy took place.
BCCI Secretary Jay Shah put an email to all the state associations, which the Mid-day viewed, naming the six centres where the tournament would be staged. Bangalore, Kolkata, Vadodara, Indore, Mumbai and Chennai will serve as hosts to the 38 teams. The teams have been divided into five Elite groups of A, B, C, D and E. There are also eight new teams in the competition.
The eight new sides in the Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament’s edition of 2021 are Chandigarh, Bihar and outfits from the NorthEast will be a part of the Plate group. Mumbai is part of Elite Group E and will play all their matches on their home soil. The tournament also remains crucial for the BCCI in the sense that they plan to introduce two new teams in IPL next year. Shah added that they would release the schedule over time.
BCCI Secretary asks teams to assemble at the venues before 2nd January:
The email further stated that the teams have to gather at the respected venues on or before the 2nd of January. All the players also have to undergo COVID-19 testing procedures and quarantine in accordance with the state regulatory authorities and Shah has asked for full co-operation and support in making the competition successful.
“The teams will have to assemble at their respected venues on or before January 2. “They will be needed to undergo COVID-19 testing procedures and quarantine in accordance with the state regulatory authorities,” the email said.
Elite A: Venue Bangalore
Teams: Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Railways and Tripura
Elite B: Venue Kolkata
Teams: Odisha, Bengal, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu, Assam and Hyderabad
Elite C: Venue Vadodara
Teams: Gujarat, Maharashtra, Chattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Baroda and Uttarakhand
Elite D: Venue Indore
Teams: Services, Saurashtra, Vidarbha, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Goa
Elite E: Venue Mumbai
Teams: Haryana, Andhra, Delhi, Mumbai, Kerala and Puducherry
Plate: Venue Chennai
Teams: Chandigarh, Meghalaya, Bihar, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh