BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has opened up on the commencing of the domestic season in India. No cricket has taken place in India since March due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which still continues to reign its terror in the nation. Sourav Ganguly announced no fixed dates for the start of the domestic cricket. The season is expected to kickstart with the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament from the third week of November tentatively.
The last instance of domestic cricket in India was back in March when the Ranji Trophy took place. Saurashtra defeated Bengal in the final to capture their maiden Ranji title. Usually, the domestic season commences in August; however, the rapidly rising COVID-19 cases has restricted it. The same has also been responsible for moving the IPL out of India. On Thursday, Sourav Ganguly sent a letter to all the state associations that the Board is yet to decide a date.
Sourav Ganguly wrote a letter stating that BCCI is making all the efforts to ensure domestic cricket gets underway as and when the conditions permit. The former Indian captain continued saying that the health and safety of the players are of utmost importance and have to supervise all the aspects.
“The BCCI is making all efforts to ensure that domestic cricket resumes as and when the conditions permit. The health and safety of players and all other involved in domestic cricket is of utmost importance to BCCI and we are constantly monitoring all aspects. All members will be duly informed about the future course of action and suggestions will be taken before we resume domestic cricket,” the 47-year old wrote.
“The BCCI and the Indian cricket team will continue to fulfil its FTP commitments” : Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly went on to say that India will continue to abide by the FTP schedules, beginning with India’s tour of Australia later this year. The men in blue will return home to host England that starts in February. The Prince of Kolkata said that the IPL would follow it in 2021 while India will also stage the T20 World Cup next year and the 50-over edition in 2023.
“The BCCI and the Indian cricket team will continue to fulfil its FTP commitments. The senior Indian men’s team will travel to Australia for its series starting in December this year, and will come back to the country for a series against England starting February next year.”This will be followed by IPL 2021 in April. The BCCI contiues to be the host for the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 and the 50-over ICC Cricket World Cup in 2023,” he added.