The much-awaited domestic cricket season will start from January 1, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said on Sunday. The BCCI ex-packs council met on Sunday evening and spent a lot of time discussing the domestic calendar, which has been in turmoil in India due to the rising number of Kovid-1 cases. “We have had extensive discussions about domestic cricket and we have made a temporary decision to start the tournament from January 1, 2021,” Ganguly told PTI from Dubai.
Asked whether the captain would be seasoned, the former Indian captain said the board would not be able to hold all domestic competitions for practical purposes.
Ganguly said, “The Ranji Trophy Red Ball will be fully expanded. It will not be possible to hold all the competitions, ”said Ganguly.
The BCCI president also promised to hold junior cricket and women’s tournaments between March and April.
“We have detailed plans for age and women’s cricket. We will start with the Ranji Trophy and then we will have other competitions between March and April,” he said.
He also said that the Indian team would be allowed to train in Australia during their quarantine phase.
“Cricket Australia has sent us an event and we have discussed the modalities of that tour. We will play four Tests and it will end in the third week of January,” the BCCI president said.
The Indian team is expected to play three ODIs, three T20Is and four Tests under Down.
In the home series against England, Ganguly said the BCCI was keeping an eye on the situation and the final schedule would be made in due course.
“The England series is three-and-a-half to four months away. We still have time. We’re in control of the situation (COVID-1) which is very fluid and will take calls accordingly,” he said.
Hosting the series in India (Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Dharamshala potential location) is the priority, while UAE is the second option.