BCCI will hold an apex meeting where Sourav Ganguly, the President of BCCI will try to ensure that the home series against England go as per schedule in India amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. He will also ensure that domestic tournaments happen in India amidst the rising cases of Covid-19. BCCI’s apex council meeting will be held in October 17 online where India’s home series against England will be up for discussion.
The schedule of India’s next series Down Under will also be discussed. The Covid-19 tally in India is nearing 70 Lakh and the death toll has surged above 1 Lakh. India is scheduled to tour India next year between January to March and will play 5 Tests, 3 ODIs, and the same number of T20Is.
BCCI Sources: Mumbai And Ahmedabad Are Options For Bubble
UAE has meanwhile emerged as an alternative for the home series and is currently hosting the entire Indian Premier League 2020. Usually, India’s domestic tournaments begin by the third week of August, but there is no clarity this time around on the season due to the pandemic.
Mumbai could be the best option to create a bubble if the England tour goes ahead in India with three international venues Wankhede Stadium, Cricket Club of India, and DY Patil Stadium. The newest infrastructure at the new Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad is also an alternative to Mumbai which the Board would like to explore.
BCCI Sources: Domestic Season May Be Curtailed One
BCCI initially planned to kick-off domestic season with Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy from 19th November, but there are doubts as to the coronavirus cases and deaths are on the rise. Hence, several factors would have to be taken into consideration before the England series and domestic tournaments happen. A curtailed domestic season is on the cards.
Some of the BCCI officials believe that if the Ranji Trophy is at all conducted this year, then it has to be in zonal format. In case the situation fails to improve, then it would be a curtailed season with just shorter format tournaments. In the 2019-20 season, BCCI had hosted as many as 2036 domestic games across various age groups in both the men’s and women’s categories. But this time around in 2020, creating a bio-bubble for so many teams across the country could be a herculean task given the threat of coronavirus.