The blueprint to lead the Indian Premier League (IPL) amid emerging cases of coronavirus will be at the top of the agenda for BCCI’s Apex Council, which will meet almost Friday. One of the 11-point agendas owned by PTI is a discussion of the domestic cricket season, which is likely to be curtailed given the country’s rapidly rising COVID-19 case tax. The third point concerns the renewal of the Futures Tours & Program (FTP) of the men’s cricket team with three series (white ball away games in Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe and home series against England) that have already been canceled. The team last played in March.
The Council will also discuss the way forward for the IPL, which has been postponed indefinitely due to the health crisis. The BCCI has tuned into the competition on a September-early November window.
“Obviously all options have to be explored. The first option is India, but you don’t know what the situation will be like. There are of course the UAE and Sri Lanka, but taking out the IPL will increase the overhead. I think the president also recently said that, “a senior BCCI official told PTI on the condition of anonymity.
“I don’t think we will still be able to fix sites in a situation so fluid. But the plans and preliminary window should be ready so that as soon as ICC makes a formal announcement of the World Cup T20 (scheduled for October) -November) cancellation next week we can proceed, “the official said.
With the ICC board meeting scheduled for next Monday, the issue of getting a government tax exemption certificate to host the 2021 World Cup is also high on the agenda.
The tax exemption for the ICC events has been a point of contention and BCCI has been allowed until December to obtain the necessary authorization from the central government.
As for India’s FTP, the agenda is for the September versus England white ball series to be rescheduled in February after the test series.
If BCCI wants to squeeze the white ball games, this could mean that the series of five tests is constrained by six white ball games (3 ODIs and 3 T20Is).
The delayed white ball tours of Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe must also be resisted.
One of the biggest headaches for BCCI is the country’s domestic structure, which includes senior men, U-23 men, junior boys (U-19 and U-16), senior women, U-23 women, and U-19 girls, who thousands of similarities between formats.
“It is clear that the schedule of the Ranji Trophy needs to be adjusted. We need to discuss whether we can get Vijay Hazare, Duleep Trophy and Syed Mushtaq Ali at once.”
“We may have to let go of one of the tournaments because a lot of time is lost. We have to fit in the junior domestic events,” said the official.
Another major issue is apparel sponsorship since the Nike deal has ended. BCCI is expected to follow the tender process of potential bidders.
Some of the other issues include discussions of replacing Rahul Johri for the position of CEO, grants and grants to Northeastern States, NCA operations, recruitment of BCCI personnel, and red tape in the Bihar Cricket Association.
Agenda for Friday
1) IPL way forward
2) Domestic cricket schedules
3) FTP – Reschedule the English home series for February 2021
4) Tax Exemption Certificates Mandatory For Organizing The T20 World Championship In India
5) NCA facility in Bengaluru
6) Renewal of the contract for BCCI & IPL digital platforms
7) Administrative mess of the Bihar Cricket Association
8) Appointment of new staff to the BCCI
9) Procedure to appoint a new CEO after the resignation of Rahul Johri
10) Payments to NE states
11) Discussion about tender for Apparel Partnership.ani
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