Sourav Ganguly says BCCI plans to start domestic cricket from January 1

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The highly anticipated domestic cricket season kicks off Jan. 1, BCCI Chairman Sourav Ganguly said on Saturday. The BCCI Apex Council met on Saturday evening and much time was spent discussing the domestic calendar that had been confused by the rising COVID-19 cases in India. “We have had extensive discussions on domestic cricket and we have provisionally decided to start the matches from January 1, 2021,” Ganguly told PTI from Dubai.

When asked if it would be a shortened season or not, the former Indian captain said the board will not be able to host all domestic tournaments for practical reasons.

“We will certainly hold the full-fledged Ranji Trophy red ball tournament. It probably won’t be possible to hold all the tournaments,” said Ganguly, pointing out that BCCI is looking at the Ranji Trophy from January to March.

The chairman of the BCCI also assured that the junior cricket and women’s tournaments will be held between March and April.

“We also have extensive plans for our age group and women’s cricket. We start with Ranji Trophy and then we have the other tournaments between March and April,” he said.

He also announced that the Indian team will be allowed to train in Australia during their quarantine phase.

“Cricket Australia has sent us a travel schedule and we have discussed the modalities of that travel schedule. We will play four Tests and they will end in the third week of January,” said the BCCI chairman.

The Indian team is expected to play three ODIs, three T20Is and four Tests Down Under.

During the home game against England, Ganguly said the BCCI is monitoring the situation and the final itinerary will be prepared in due course.

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“The series in England is good in three and a half to four months. We still have time. We are monitoring the situation (COVID-19), which is quite hit and miss and will answer a call accordingly,” he said.

While hosting the series in India (Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Dharamsala are likely locations) remains a priority, the UAE is a second option.

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