BCCI plans to start the domestic season from November 19, 2020, as Vijay Hazare Trophy, Duleep Trophy and Challenger Series apart from Irani Cup may get cancelled this season.
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is planning to start with Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament, but Indian cricketers who will participate in the Indian Premier League (IPL) will not be able to play first few rounds due to quarantine protocols laid in place.
The delay in beginning the domestic season due to COVID-19 pandemic means that only Mushtaq Ali and Ranji Trophy beginning from December 13 to March 10 which will comprise of 245 games across the formats. And as many as 38 teams will participate.
BCCI: No Provision For Vijay Hazare Trophy, Duleep Trophy, Challenger Series And Irani Cup
There is no provision for Vijay Hazare Trophy, Duleep Trophy, Challenger Series and Irani Cup.
“This is a tentative list that has been prepared and it has gone for approval of president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on condition of anonymity.
The schedule is though in draft form and there is no clarity on Indian players returning after playing IPL as per government norms, they have to be in a 14-day quarantine.
“That’s an issue primarily for the uncapped players, who would be with the squad and would like to play some cricket. Now even a player’s team is knocked out before play-offs, he won’t be back before November 3 and till November 17 will be in quarantine.
“For those whose teams are in play-offs and may reach finals, they will have to miss the first few rounds in that case. But again this is a draft proposal and there could be some tweaks in it,” the official said.
The BCCI is expected to conduct next season of IPL in India in March end or early April and will keep a three-week window between Ranji final and IPL start to help the domestic players to recover after a hectic schedule.
BCCI: No Zonal Format In Ranji Trophy, But Different Rules To Qualify For Quarter-Finals
Rumours were doing the rounds that Ranji Trophy may go back to zonal format but the official has reportedly said that the question does not arise.
“The basic idea to stop of Zonal system was to ensure that there is uniformity in competition. So we will continue with our group league format but with a change,” he said.
Unlike the last two years which saw five teams with maximum points qualifying from group A and B, but this year, top two teams from group A, B and C (eight-team groups) will qualify for quarter-finals.
The seventh quarter-finalist team will be the best third-placed team (in terms of quotient) from all three groups.
The eighth team will be the winner of a playoff game between champions of group D (comprising minnows and relegated teams) and group E (six North East teams).