Wasim Jaffer, former Indian opener and domestic stalwart, has called for the Board of Control for Cricket in India [BCC] to rejig the 2020-21 domestic season by scrapping Duleep, Vijay Hazare and Deodhar Trophy and instead conduct a full-fledged season of Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament and Ranji Trophy.
The domestic season is set to begin in August but with the situation not really improving in the country, the BCCI has adopted a wait and watch approach.
“As and when the season commences, whenever cricket starts, the priority is to have the IPL first. The BCCI can look to start with the IPL as the first tournament,” Wasim Jaffer told PTI on Monday.
The apex cricket body is also looking to stage the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League [IPL] in September-November window, incase the T20 World Cup is postponed to a later date by the International Cricket Council.
“Once the IPL finishes, the BCCI can look to start the domestic season with the Irani Trophy (Cup) as Saurashtra deserves to play it as they are first-time champions.” he added.
“Then we can start the Ranji Trophy. And before the (IPL) auction, as and when BCCI keeps the auction for next year’s IPL, we should have the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy and scrap the Vijay Hazare, Duleep Trophy and Deodhar Trophy and use that period to hold these major two tournaments with adequate breaks for players,” added Jaffer.
Wasim Jaffer calls for a rejigged 2020-21 domestic season
Jaffer reckons that a rejigged domestic season will give ample breaks to the players and will ensure they are not rushed into tournaments.
“…rather than rushing all tournaments and players not getting sufficient rest or changing the formats. That is the only thing I feel, use those two months of Vijay Hazare and Duleep trophy. Have sufficient breaks and hold these tournaments only, which are more premium tournaments,” he said.
“Use those two months of Vijay Hazare and Duleep trophy. And it probably goes into junior level also, try and scrap the ODI tournaments in U-23 or U-19, so that the players will get sufficient breaks and they can look forward to these tournaments,” explained Jaffer.
The highest run-getter in the history of Ranji Trophy also called for making the road to the quarter-finals of India’s premier FC tournament tougher.
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