The Apex Council of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) met virtually on Saturday and the three main areas of focus on the agenda were the upcoming tour of Australia, the visit of England after the series Australia and the start of the Indian domestic season with a view to the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking to ANI, a BCCI official who was part of the meeting said the board is very busy hosting England in India and a bio-safe bubble will be created in three or four locations where the pink ball test is played in Ahmedabad or Kolkata.
“The idea is to create a bio-safe bubble across three to four sites, with government approval. The pink ball test will be held in Ahmedabad or Kolkata. That call will be accepted at the right time, given the circumstances. But yes, England is coming to India, “the official said.
When asked about the series Australia, the official said the quarantine will take place 14 days from now. One of the main concerns when it comes to the series Australia was the quarantine period that the Indian players have to undergo after moving to the country after the IPL in the UAE.
While the Australian government has hinted time and time again that there cannot be any relaxation whatsoever, the BCCI has requested Cricket Australia to find a solution as the Indian players are already part of the bio-secure bubble due to the ongoing IPL.
“Looks like the quarantine phase will last for 14 days. The locations remain as they were and the itinerary is in. We are going straight from the UAE, so the idea is to see if the quarantine period can be shortened. But from now on, looks don’t matter, ”the officer said.
The fate of the domestic season and the domestic cricketers is certainly something that is still balanced as creating individual bio-secured bubbles to host a complete Ranji Trophy season does not seem feasible in the current scenario. Calls have been made to play the Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament as that would be more convenient.
The official said they are currently only looking at the Ranji Trophy and the women’s one-day event. “This is a tricky situation because we have to be careful with so many teams and players involved. From now on we are looking at a start in January with the Ranji Trophy and playing ladies one-day. But we have to constantly check the situation before we hit the road , ”said the officer.
The 2018-2019 annual accounts of the BCCI were also approved at the meeting.
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