A final decision about organising the Ranji Trophy is yet to be taken, as the BCCI Apex Council on Sunday met. However, they have given the approval to begin the women’s domestic cricket season from March. A decision on the Ranji Trophy is expected next week.
India’s domestic season, which was delayed for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, kicked off with the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, the men’s T20 tournament, from 10 January. The tournament is being played in a bio-secure bubble.
A decision on the Ranji Trophy was expected to be taken in the meeting on Sunday but the members could not find a consensus, despite BCCI president Sourav Ganguly batting firmly for the prestigious first-class tournament.
“The president remains committed to Ranji Trophy but a few others were not on the same page and wanted to host the Vijay Hazare Trophy instead (50-over event). The operations team has been asked to work on the logistics for Ranji Trophy, which is obviously a much bigger challenge in the current circumstances,” a BCCI official was quoted as saying by PTI.
“It will be either Ranji Trophy or Vijay Hazare Trophy and it will be decided by the end of next week,” the official said.
With the IPL likely to be played in the in March-April window, the BCCI is finding it difficult to slot in the first-class tournament.
Women’s cricket too was discussed at length and in a development which will be music to the ears of top cricketers, the domestic season will probably start from March with senior cricket.
The BCCI has also approached Sri Lanka and South Africa to resume international cricket for the national women’s team which has been starved of action since the T20 World Cup final in March. It will be a home series and likely to be played in February.
“It is likely to be a full fledged domestic season for women and there will be finally some cricket for our international stars with Sri Lanka and South Africa coming to India,” the official added.
The BCCI will also continue to push for tax exemption by the government for the men’s T20 World Cup, scheduled in October-November.
(With PTI Inputs)
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