Priority for series against England in India: Sourav Ganguly

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BCCI Chairman Sourav Ganguly said on Monday that the board will do everything in its power to ensure that India’s home game against England stays in the country and that domestic tournaments get underway at some point despite the “flowing” COVID-19 -situation. The tax on the COVID-19 case in India has passed 60 lakh and the death toll has risen to over 95,000. England will tour India between January and March next year for five tests, three ODIs and three T20 Internationals.

“… priority is to make this (series against England) happen in India. We will try to make this happen on Indian grounds. The advantage in UAE is that they have three stadiums (Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Dubai), ” he said. in a media interaction in Kolkata addressing speculation that the UAE could be the host for India given the number of Covid cases.

BCCI recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Emirates Cricket Board for increased cooperation in holding matches there.

We also have the same facility in Mumbai – CCI, Wankhede and DY Patil. We also have Eden Gardens. We need to create a bubble. We want to have our cricket in India, there is the game, there is the heart of it. But we follow the COVID situation, “said Ganguly after being appointed brand ambassador of Bengal Peerless group in Kolkata.

“Everything is fluid. It has been difficult for the past six months to keep everything in order. You want your cricket to happen. You want lives to return to normal, there are players involved. But you also want to take a good look at the COVID- situation, ‘Ganguly added.

On to domestic cricket and under normal circumstances, the BCCI would have already started its mega season with Ranji Trophy and Duleep Trophy, the U-23 CK Nayudu Trophy, Vijay Hazare and Deodhar Trophy and the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

In 2019-20, it hosted 2,036 domestic competitions across age groups in the men and women category, but creating a biobubble for so many teams across the country will be next to impossible given the virus threat.

“We’ll keep an eye on it. We want to have our domestic season. We have all the combinations and situations in mind. We’ll try to make it happen as much as possible,” he repeated.

Ganguly was also asked about recently retired ex-captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s lackluster IPL form. He backed the iconic finisher to make good for Chennai Super kings.

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“In the current situation, it will take him a while to get back to his old style. He played a cricket match after about a year and six months. It’s not easy no matter how good you are. It will take a while,” he says. said.

“When Dhoni was in top form and was the captain, I was on the air and said he would hit number four,” he recalls.

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