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Jaydev Unadkat Pic: IPLT20.COM
Jaydev Unadkat Pic: IPLT20.COM

IPL 2021: Jaydev Unadkat Reckons High Scoring Games On Flat Wickets In UAE

Jaydev Unadkat, the Rajasthan Royals pacer, believes that the conditions in the UAE for the second leg of IPL 2021 will be similar to last year with high-scoring games expected on flat wickets.
With the competition set to resume in Dubai on September 19, the left-arm pacer is confident that Rajasthan Royals, who are placed fifth in the table currently, “can perform well” despite missing the likes of Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, and Jofra Archer due to injuries and personal issues.
Jaydev Unadkat (File Image)
Jaydev Unadkat (File Image)

Jaydev Unadkat On IPL 2021 UAE Leg: Its About Restricting Those Boundaries In Smaller Grounds Like In Sharjah

Jaydev Unadkat has been in stellar form in the First-class circuit, emerging as the leading wicket-taker of the last season of Ranji Trophy, where he picked up 67 wickets. In IPL 2021-his fourth season with the Rajasthan Royals– he picked 4 scalps in as many matches averaging 28.25.
“It is harder to bowl when the boundaries are smaller like in Sharjah because the batsmen are more confident of clearing the boundary, but you have to accept the challenge and find ways to bowl,” Unadkat, who has accumulated 85 wickets in 84 matches in the IPL, said.
Jaydev Unadkat
Jaydev Unadkat | IANS
“We know that those games are going to be high scoring, so you got to be aware that even if you get hit, you must come back stronger. It’s not about going for 24 runs or getting 2 wickets – it’s about restricting those boundaries. On a ground which is small, and has flat wickets, every single ball matters. We played quite a few games on all the grounds last season, and the wickets and the weather are going to be similar, and we’re confident that we can do well.”
Jaydev Unadkat, 29, also revealed that he has worked on some of the technicalities in his bowling during the offseason, at his hometown in Rajkot. Having made his international debut in a Test match against South Africa in 2010, Jaydev Unadkat has so far represented India in 1 Test, 7 ODIs, and 10 T20Is. He picked 8 scalps in 7 ODIs and 14 scalps in 10 T20Is besides the solitary Test. His last T20I appearance came in 2018. In 84 IPL matches, he has 85 scalps besides his name.

Jaydev Unadkat Wanted To Make A Few Changes In His Bowling Action

Having made a decent start to the season, which includes him picking up a three-wicket haul against the Delhi Capitals, Jaydev Unadkat is keen on “looking to continue doing the same in this phase as well.”
Jaydev Unadkat (File Image)
Jaydev Unadkat (File Image)
“I wanted to make a few changes in my bowling action, so (I) was working on that, and that itself requires a good amount of time,” Unadkat, who picked up four wickets in four matches in the first half of the IPL that was held in India, said. “So, I was devoted towards making those changes and getting used to them.”
It was also the time when he was ignored for the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka when India fielded a second-string side. He had a record-breaking 2019-20 Ranji Trophy season when he picked up 67 wickets that culminated in Saurashtra’s historic win and he was in contention. However, his Rajasthan Royals team-mate Chetan Sakariya was drafted into the squad.
Chetan Sakariya picked up two wickets in the third ODI of the India vs Sri Lanka series (Image Source: Twitter)
Chetan Sakariya picked up two wickets in the third ODI of the India vs Sri Lanka series (Image Source: Twitter)
Jaydev Unadkat, who took a break from social media after the disappointment, feels “that kind of a phase can actually help you at times” and helps in one coming back stronger with renewed confidence.
“I wanted to do some work with my bowling and wanted to go off the attention a bit. It’s always nice if you can have some time with only yourself and the family, and not really listen to what the outside world has to say about you,” he said.
“And I’ve done that in the past as well so it’s kind of a normal process which gives me that space to go deep and just be honest with myself and find out what I need to work on, and what I’m good at. That helps in gathering confidence again and come back stronger.”
Jaydev Unadkat has been snubbed for India’s ongoing tours as the 29-year-old pacer is too old to be picked for India, according to a BCCI selector. Jaydev Unadkat had done his best job as the left-arm pacer bagged 67 wickets in the 2019-20 season, the most by any bowler in the season.

However, despite his heroics with the ball in the Ranji Trophy, left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat wasn’t picked for the Indian squad for the UK tour comprising of the WTC Final and 5 Tests against hosts England. He might be just 29, but as per a Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) selector, he is ‘too told’ to be picked for the senior squad.

BCCI (File Photo| PTI)
BCCI (File Photo| PTI)

Ranji Trophy 2021-22 Groups Announced By BCCI

Ranji Trophy 2021-22 season’s much-anticipated groups have been announced by BCCI. Mumbai, Karnataka, and Delhi have been clubbed in the virtual “group of Death” in the Ranji Trophy, which will start from January 5 next year. Along with the multiple-time Ranji champions are Hyderabad, Maharashtra, and Uttarakhand in the Elite group C.

Defending champions Saurashtra are clubbed with Tamil Nadu, Railways, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, and Goa in Elite group D. Last year’s runners-up Bengal has a relatively easy group (Elite B) with Vidarbha, Haryana, Kerala, Tripura, and Rajasthan.

Ranji Trophy, , BCCI File Photo
Ranji Trophy, BCCI File Photo

Ranji Trophy  Will Start On January 13, 2022

Another interesting group will be Elite group A that has Gujarat, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Services, and Assam. The Elite E group has Andhra, Uttar Pradesh, Baroda, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, and Pondicherry.

The Plate group will comprise Chandigarh, Meghalaya, Bihar, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh. The six cities where matches will be played are Mumbai (Elite A), Bengaluru (Elite B), Bengaluru (Elite C), Ahmedabad (Elite D), Trivandrum (Elite E), and Chennai (Plate). There will be a five-day quarantine for teams ahead of each game.

Saurashtra, Defending Champions, Last Winners Of Ranji Trophy Image: Twitter
Saurashtra, Defending Champions, Last Winners Of Ranji Trophy Image: Twitter
India’s men’s domestic calendar will begin with the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on November 4, while the Ranji Trophy, the country’s premier first-class competition, starts on January 13, 2022. The Vijay Hazare Trophy will get underway from December 8, with neutral venues being used across all tournaments.
Last year, the Ranji Trophy, as well as junior cricket, were not held because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the operational difficulties of creating a bio-secure environment for thousands of players and support staff. While players lost out on significant earnings, the BCCI copped a lot of flak for too much focus on the cash-rich league IPL.
The Saurashtra team won the Ranji Trophy title for the first time in 70 years. Saurashtra became the champion based on the lead achieved in the first innings of the final against Bengal. Earlier, Saurashtra was known as Navanagar, Western India, and won the trophies in 1936-37 and 1943-44.  It was renamed Saurashtra in 1950 and started participating in this domestic tournament.
They finally won the Ranji Trophy for the first time in 2019–20 when they beat Bengal on a first-innings lead in the final at Rajkot.

Ranji Trophy Final Will Be At Kolkata On March 16

In an extensive list of domestic fixtures released by the BCCI on Monday, the board also confirmed that Delhi will host the Syed Mushtaq Ali final, on November 22, while Kolkata will stage the Ranji finale, on March 16.
The Ranji Trophy will begin after the teams complete a five-day quarantine, with the matches being held at Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Trivandrum, and Chennai. Kolkata will host all the knockout matches, which will begin on February 20 after the teams serve another five-day quarantine period.
Kolkata, Eden Gardens
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Each squad for the Ranji Trophy will comprise a maximum of 30 members. Of this, there will have to be a minimum of 20 players and the rest will be support staff. The support staff will also include a team physician to manage COVID-19 related issues.

Ranji Trophy Groupings:

Elite A: Gujarat, Punjab, Himachal, Madhya Pradesh, Services, and Assam (in Mumbai)

Elite B: Bengal, Vidarbha, Rajasthan, Kerala, Haryana, and Tripura (in Bangalore)

Elite C: Karnataka, Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Maharashtra, and Uttarakhand (in Kolkata)

Elite D: Saurashtra, Tamil Nadu, Railways, J & K, Jharkhand, and Goa (in Ahmedabad)

Elite E: Andhra, Uttar Pradesh, Baroda, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, and Pondicherry (in Trivandrum)

Plate: Chandigarh, Meghalaya, Bihar, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Sikkim, Arunachal (in Chennai)

Ranji Trophy, , BCCI File Photo
Ranji Trophy, , BCCI File Photo

Ranji Trophy Will Return In January 2022

Ranji Trophy, India’s premier domestic cricket tournament, will return in January 2022 after the pandemic made it a no-show last season, the first break in its 87-year history. The domestic cricket season will kick off this September with the U-19 boy’s one-day tournament, the Vinoo Mankad Trophy, to be played in a bio-bubble environment.

For seniors, the BCCI has planned the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament from the third week of October followed by a one-day tournament- the Vijay Hazare Trophy in November. If everything goes smoothly as plan, the board wants to have its Ranji Trophy and U-25 games in January 2022. The women’s senior and U- 25 games will also be played then in the meantime.Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy to kick start domestic season; Ranji Trophy, Vijay Hazare Trophy to follow

Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy to kick start domestic season; Ranji Trophy, Vijay Hazare Trophy to follow

Ranji Trophy To Return After A Year’s Absence

Ranji Trophy, India’s premier red-ball tournament will return after a year’s absence as the BCCI set plans in motion for the Indian domestic season. The Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Vijay Hazare Trophy will also resume with the season to kick start in September. The Women’s and U-19 level games will also return to the forefront as BCCI looks to place impetus on the domestic calendar.

BCCI joint secretary Jayesh George has been given charge of preparing the domestic calendar for the forthcoming season. A tentative schedule was earlier sent by the secretary Jay Shah in July but BCCI had to alter its old schedule due to the IPL mega auction in 2022 and the Covid-19 pandemic. As per the old schedule which was circulated earlier, the board was planning to host its Ranji Trophy from November 16, 2021, to February 19, 2022, but has now decided to conduct Vijay Hazare Trophy in November.

Secretary BCCI, Jay Shah. Courtesy: Indiatimes
Secretary BCCI, Jay Shah. Courtesy: Indiatimes

The state associations will be informed about the new schedule next week. The Indian board has gone back to the old season formula where five Elite groups will have six teams apiece while the remaining eight teams will form one plate group. A secure bio-bubble will be formed and the teams will have to check in three days in advance at their respective venues.

BCCI Decided To Conduct U19 Games To Prepare And Select The Team For ICC U19 World Cup To Be Held In West Indies In  January 2022

BCCI has decided to conduct U-19 games first to prepare and select the team for the forthcoming ICC under-19 World Cup, scheduled to be held in West Indies in January 2022. Owing to the pandemic, the board could not conduct any junior cricket for the last year. The BCCI Board will also announce a new five-member junior selection committee in due course. However, it’s not clear whether the board will go ahead with U-16 tournaments despite announcing it earlier.

Bangladesh U19
Bangladesh U19. (Photo by Matthew Lewis-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

India has won the U19 World Cup on a record four occasions, while Australia has won three times, Pakistan twice, and Bangladesh, England, South Africa, and the West Indies once each.  Bangladesh is the defending champion having won the title in 2020. Bangladesh won the title after defeating India by 3 wickets in the final match at Potchefstroom, South Africa, based on Duckworth Lewis Method on Feb 9, 2020. This was Bangladesh’s first ICC Under-19 World Cup victory.

Last year, the Ranji Trophy, as well as junior cricket, were not held because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the operational difficulties of creating a bio-secure environment for thousands of players and support staff. While players lost out on significant earnings, the BCCI copped a lot of flak for too much focus on the cash-rich league IPL.

Secretary BCCI, Jay Shah. Courtesy: Indiatimes
Secretary BCCI, Jay Shah. Courtesy: Indiatimes

Unfair To Compare Organization Of 60 IPL Games To 2000 Plus Domestic Games: Jay Shah

Jay Shah, the BCCI secretary rejected “unfair and unwarranted” criticism that the Board prioritized the cash-rich event over national tournaments like the Ranji Trophy as he feels there is a world of difference between organizing 60 Indian Premier League matches and 2000-plus domestic games.

Last year, the Ranji Trophy, as well as junior cricket, were not held because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the operational difficulties of creating a bio-secure environment for thousands of players and support staff. While players lost out on significant earnings, the BCCI copped a lot of flak for too much focus on the cash-rich league.

Jay Shah AP Photo
Jay Shah AP Photo

Jay Shah: Criticism That BCCI Prioritized IPL Over Ranji Trophy Is Unfair And Unwarranted As BCCI Conducted Syed Mushtaq Ali And Vijay Hazare Tournaments Amidst Covid-19

The 2020–21 Ranji Trophy was scheduled to be the 87th season of the Ranji Trophy, the premier first-class cricket tournament in India. Saurashtra was the defending champions. However, in January 2021, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed that the season had been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  It was the first time since the tournament’s inception in the 1934–35 season that the Ranji Trophy was not held.

“I feel the criticism is unwarranted and unfair. In 2020 as well, in the middle of the pandemic, we conducted the Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament, Vijay Hazare tournament, and Senior Women’s One-day tournament taking all precautions,” Shah, who was in Muscat and Dubai, to oversee T20 World Cup and IPL preparations, was quoted as saying by “Gulf News”.

Jay Shah said the number of matches and required logistics between two tournaments is incomparable.

“It won’t be a fair assessment if IPL is compared with other Indian domestic tournaments. The IPL has a franchise model and a platform for the world’s best cricketers, coaches, support staff to come and showcase their skills.”
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly with secretary Jay Shah before the start of IPL 2020 final. (File)
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly with secretary Jay Shah before the start of the IPL 2020 final. (File)

“The Indian domestic season has over 2000 games, whereas the IPL has 60 matches. With a cricketing set-up as big and as diverse as India’s, it is not easy to conduct a full season when so many states are grappling with COVID caseloads,” Shah explained.

The IPL 2020 was conducted in closed doors in UAE and it was the first major tournament conducted after the lockdown restrictions eased. It helped BCCI organize some domestic tournaments but still, the Ranji Trophy did not take place which was a big question mark.

Jay Shah: With The Situation Of Covid-19 Improving, BCCI Announced Full Season Comprising 2127 Domestic Games In 2021-22

In the case of IPL, it’s always been a seven-week affair while an entire domestic season with men, women’s, and age-group cricket take around six months to be completed with 38 teams in the fray.

“You also have to factor in the time taken to have an entire domestic season and the travel that is included. They are putting their lives at risk, which should never be the case. It is not ideal to have age-group tournaments in such an environment and put careers of young cricketers at risk,” Shah reasoned about not having any U-19 or U-16 tournaments last year.

BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah
BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah (Image Credit: Twitter)

“However, with the situation improving, we have announced a full season comprising 2127 domestic games across age groups for both men and women,” he said.

The BCCI has recently published the dates of the full domestic season that starts in September this year and ends in April next year. BCCI has also shifted the 2021 T20I World cup from India to UAE due to the Covid-19 situation in the country.

Sourav Ganguly, BCCI president has said it will be a massive loss to the game if the T20 World Cup is canceled once again this year. The ICC T20 World Cup was canceled last year due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Australia was all set to stage the showpiece event which had to be called off due to COVID-19 wreaking havoc across the globe. India, which also holds the hosting rights for the 2021 edition of the T20 World Cup has decided to move the tournament to the UAE.

BCCI (File Photo| PTI)
BCCI (File Photo| PTI)

BCCI Refused To Discuss Compensation Yet To Be Disbursed To Domestic Cricketers For Ranji Trophy 2020 Cancellation

BCCI refused to discuss the issue of compensations that is yet to be disbursed to the Indian domestic cricketers since the Ranji Trophy 2020 was cancelled on account of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, at its Special General Meeting (SGM) on Saturday.

According to a report, a state association did raise the topic but BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and vice-president Rajeev Shukla turned it down saying it was not part of the meeting’s agenda.

File photo | Twitter/Rajeev Shukla
File photo | Twitter/Rajeev Shukla

BCCI Treasurer Arun Dhumal: No States Have Yet Sent Proposal For Compensation Package

BCCI is found itself answering questions related to delay in payments to its players after a UK publication claimed that the India women cricketers are yet to receive their share of prize money from the 2020 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia where they finished runners-up.

The board quickly replied saying the prize money will be disbursed soon. That led to the issue of delay in payments to domestic cricketers coming into the limelight as well. However, BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal has said that the board is yet to receive a compensation package from any of the state units.

BCCI Treasurer Arun Dhumal
Arun Dhumal, Treasurer of BCCI Photo by: Arjun Singh / Sportzpics for BCCI

“We have to discuss with states because they have to tell us who would have played, how many matches, who would have been in reserves. None of the states have sent any proposal for the compensation package,” Dhumal told news agency PTI.

A former BCCI official and state unit veteran said it’s hard to devise a uniform formula.

“The treasurer is right. The BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has announced the compensation but how do you determine which are the players who would play 8 games or 10 games in a season? The reserve players get half, so how do you compute that?” the official said.

“You can’t just give a flat amount to every player. Giving a lump sum to states is an option but how do you monitor the states?” the official added.

The Ranji Trophy compensation package is another instance of delay and devising an acceptable formula for one and all isn’t as easy and linear, Arun Dhumal admitted.

Arun Dhumal Claimed Payments For Vijay Hazare And Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Have Been Disbursed

However, Arun Dhumal did claim that the payments for Vijay Hazare and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy have been cleared. During this edition of the Indian Premier League, there were 73 uncapped Indian domestic players across eight teams (including Basil Thampi and Deepak Hooda, who have been a part of the Indian team).

These players had contracts ranging from Rs 20 lakh to nearly Rs 10 crore (Krishnappa Gowtham). However, there are around 700 others, who don’t have IPL contracts and make anything between Rs 10 lakh to Rs 20 lakh in a full domestic season with maximum earnings coming from Ranji Trophy where they get a match fee of Rs 1.40 lakh.

Deepak Hooda screengrab
Deepak Hooda screengrab. Photo Credit: IPL.

“I can also confirm that payments for the Vijay Hazare and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy have also been disbursed,” said.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is in a fix after announcing the compensation for domestic players amid the pandemic-hit 2020-21 season. With around 3000 cricketers across 38 Ranji teams, including women, waiting for their compensation, BCCI does not know whom to compensate.

Shreyas Iyer, India, Test Cricket
Shreyas Iyer. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Shreyas Iyer Is Among 100 Players For Vijay Hazare Camp

Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw, Surya Kumar Yadav, and former India batsman Sachin Tendulkar’s son, Arjun Tendulkar are among the 100 players selected by the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) for the probable players’ camp for the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021.

After successfully organizing the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament, BCCI is set to host the Vinoo Mankad Trophy — U19 limited-overs tournament along with Vijay Hazare and senior women’s one-dayers.

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer. Image Credit: Twitter.

Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw, Shivam Dube, Suryakumar Yadav Among 100 Players Selected For Vijay Hazare Camp

Mumbai was without India batsman Shreyas Iyer, who suffered a shoulder injury during the recently concluded Australia tour, for the league stage of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy, which kicked off a severely curtailed season from January 10. Shreyas Iyer played 3 ODIs and 2 T20Is in Australia where his highest score was only 38.

The players selected are:-

Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw, Shivam Dube, Surya Kumar Yadav, Aditya Tare, Siddhesh Lad, Dhaval Kulkarni, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sarfaraz Khan, Akarshit Gomel, Bhupen Lalwani, Arman Jaffar, Prayag Bhati, Akhil Herwadkar, Divyansh Saxena, Kevin Almeida, Bravish Shetty, Akhil Rajput, Vaidik Murkar, Chinmay Sutar, Hashir Dafedar, Jayesh Pokhare, Nikhil Patil (Jr), Agni Chopra, Gaurish Jadhav, Suved Parkar, Nikhil Patil (Sub Jr), Siddharth Akre, Japjeet Randhawa, Pragnesh Kanpillewar, Kaushik Chikhlikar, Varun Lawande, Atharva Ankolekar, Shams Mulani

Sujit Nayak, Dhrumil Matkar, Asif Shaikh, Karsh Kothari, Kunal Thorat, Sagar Mishra, Shreyas Gurav, Vinayak Bhoir, Vijay Gohil, Yash Dicholkar, Yash Chavan, Aditya Dhumal, Nehal Katakdhond, Rahul Sawant, Prasad Patil, Gaurav Jathar, Rraunak Ssharma, Khizar Dafedar, Prashant Solanki, Parikshit Valsangkar, Pardeep Sahu, Tanush Kotian, Shashank Attarde, Salman Khan, Ankush Jaiswal, Akshay Ghorpade, Kalpesh Sawant, Akash Parkar, Aman Khan, Sairaj Patil, Shubham Ranjane, Hardik Tamore

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav (Image Credit: Google)

Prasad Pawar, Akash Anand, Ajinkya Patil, Vaibhav Kalamkar, Siddhanth Adatrao, Adeeb Usmani, Tushar Deshpande, Mohit Awasthi, Ravi Solanki, Kruthik Hanagawadi, Minad Manjrekar, Prathamesh Dake, Atif Attarwala, Vikas Singh, Saksham Jha, Arjun Tendulkar, Abul Kalam, Roystan Dias, Aquib Qureshi, Siddharth Raut, Danish Shaikh, Hruthik Kamble, Nikhil Date, Nadeem Shaikh, Anjdeep Lad, Atif Shaikh, Deepak Shetty, Harsh Tanna, Swapnil Salvi, Prasad Patil, Swapnil Pradhan, Parag Khanapurkar, Sumit Ghadigaonkar, Rugved Kulkarni.

“All the above-selected players are requested to report at MCA Sharad Pawar Cricket Academy, Bandra Kurla Complex on Monday, February 1, 2021, at 8 am in coloured clothing,” MCA Secretary Sanjay Naik and Jt Secretary Shahalam Shaikh said in a statement.

After successfully organizing the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament, BCCI is set to host the Vinoo Mankad Trophy — U19 limited-overs tournament along with Vijay Hazare and senior women’s one-dayers.

Shreyas Iyer captained Delhi Capitals in IPL 2020 and led them to the finals of IPL for the first time. Shreyas Iyer has played 21 ODIs and 24 T20Is for India.

Jay Shah Informs State Associations About Decision To Scrap Ranji Trophy And Held Vijay Hazare Trophy Instead

BCCI Secretary Jay Shah in his letter to the state associations informed them on Friday night that the decision was taken with an eye on the COVID-19 pandemic and the feedback of the state bodies.

“The pandemic has tested each and every one of us and there is no life that has remained untouched by it, and while it has been difficult, your support has meant that we have been able to resume both domestic and international cricket in the men’s category.”

“As you are aware, we have lost a lot of time and consequently, it has been difficult to plan the cricket calendar on account of the precautions that are necessary for the safe conduct of the games.”

Jay Shah and Sourav Ganguly
Jay Shah and Sourav Ganguly (Image Credit: Twitter)

“However, it was extremely important for us to ensure that women’s cricket takes place and I am extremely happy to inform you that we are going to conduct the Senior Women’s One-day tournament simultaneously with the Vijay Hazare Trophy and follow it up with Vinoo Mankad Trophy Under 19. This has been decided after having received your feedback on the domestic season 2020-21,” he wrote.

For the first time since its inaugural season of 1934-35, the iconic Ranji Trophy tournament will not be hosted this season. Jay Shah stated that BCCI cancelled Ranji Trophy on the account of the precautions necessary for the safe conduct of the games.

This will affect the players who depend on Ranji Trophy to get selected for the Test team. Now, the selection committee prefers the team members of India A for the international team selection. The board will also compensate the affected state cricket boards by giving them financial aid.

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly was discharged from hospital on Sunday 31st January morning, three days after he underwent a fresh round of angioplasty to clear clogged coronary arteries after suffering a mild heart attack on January 2 for which three stents were inserted.

BCCI, Domestic Circuit,
It's a logo of the BCCI. Photo Credit: BCCI.

BCCI Gives State Associations Four Options For Truncated Domestic Season

BCCI has given the state associations four options for a truncated domestic cricket season in the aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak. The associations have been asked to revert back with their preferred option within December 2 after which the truncated domestic season will start.

In an email given to all the affiliates of BCCI, accessed by The Hindu, president Sourav Ganguly has specified the four options for the senior men’s domestic season.

Sourav Ganguly, BCCI
Sourav Ganguly. Image Credit: Getty Images.

BCCI Mentions Ranji Trophy, Vijay Hazare Trophy And Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy Are Viable Options For State Teams To Decide Upon

The first Ranji Trophy fixtures took place in the 1934–35 season.  The number of competing teams has increased over the years. Some states have more than one cricket team. There are also teams for Railways and Services. The various teams used to be grouped into zones – North, West, East, Central and South – and the initial matches were played on a league basis within the zones.

Later, the zonal system has been abandoned, and a two-division structure has been adopted with two teams being promoted from the plate league and two relegated from the elite league. If the knockout matches are not finished, they are decided on the first-innings lead.

Named after the prolific Indian cricketer Vijay Hazare, Vijay Hazare Trophy was started in 2002–03 as an attempt to bring the limited-overs game among a greater audience. The competition involves the state (and other) teams from the Ranji Trophy battling in a 50-over format.

Ranji Trophy
Ranji Trophy- Image Courtesy: BCCI

BCCI launched its own state structure in 2006-07 season with 27 Ranji teams divided into 5 Zones with the name of Inter-State T20 Championship which was renamed and relaunched as the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

The options given to the state associations are:-

Option 1: Only Ranji Trophy

Option 2: Only Syed Mushtaq Ali T20

Option 3: Both Ranji Trophy and Syed Mushtaq Ali T20

Option 4: Both Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 and Vijay Hazare Trophy

BCCI Plans To Stage Domestic Tournament(s) In 6 BioSecure Hubs

The email also details that the BCCI plans to stage the tournament/s in “six bio-secure hubs”.

“The BCCI will have to create a total of 6 bio-secure hubs across the country. The 38 teams will be divided into 5 Elite groups and 1 Plate group. The Elite groups will consist of 6 teams each while the Plate group will have 8 teams,” the email states.

The BCCI chief has added that the Ranji Trophy will require 67 days, Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 22 days and the Vijay Hazare Trophy 28 days for completion. The proposed windows for the competitions are January 11 to March 18 (Ranji), December 20 to January 10 (Syed Mushtaq Ali) and Vijay Hazare Trophy (January 11 to February 7).

Saurashtra lifts maiden Ranji Trophy in last season.
Saurashtra lifts maiden Ranji Trophy in last season 2019/20. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Each of the six cities staging the domestic cricket trophies will have to have at least three digital broadcast-friendly venues, according to email.

This is the first concrete step towards the BCCI organizing any competitive cricket in India since the Ranji Trophy final concluded on March 17 with Saurashtra winning it for the first time. In August, president Sourav Ganguly had sent out a non-committal advisory to all the State associations while the BCCI apex council last month had targeted January 1 as the start of domestic cricket in India.

Teams Start Preparation For Ranji Trophy Despite No Official Dates Announced By BCCI
Saurashtra lifts maiden Ranji Trophy in last season. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Teams Start Preparation For Ranji Trophy Despite No Official Dates Announced By BCCI

The state cricket associations have started the preparation for Ranji Trophy even though the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has not communicated any official dates of the tournament to them. They are following BCCI’s Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to resume the training of the players.

Uttrakhand has already started the camps for senior men and senior women prior to Diwali that fell on November 14. The association has been holding camps in Dehradun. Wasim Jaffer, who recently finished his assignment with KXIP, has also joined the camp in Dehradun as a coach. The chief of the Uttarakhand association, Mahim Verma said that although the dates are not confirmed, they have begun their preparations.

“Many of the associations have started preparations. As far as the dates are concerned, we aren’t sure. But let us see,” he told IANS.

Teams Start Preparation For Ranji Trophy Despite No Official Dates Announced By BCCI 1
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We have already begun selection trials in various districts and the selection trials for the Ranji Trophy team should end by November-end: UPCA secretary

Uttar Pradesh is conducting selection trials for the second season and is likely to end it by November. The training camp will be held in Kanpur.

Yudhvir Singh, the secretary of the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) told IANS, “We have already begun selection trials in various districts and the selection trials for the Ranji Trophy team should end by November-end. We are going ahead with it keeping in mind that BCCI’s domestic season will start from January 1 next year. We will do it in Kanpur.”

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Ranji Trophy started off in 1943. Photo Credit: BCCI.

Among others, Chhattisgarh and Baroda too have started the preparations for the season ahead.

Earlier, Sourav Ganguly has informed that they are planning to organize Ranji Trophy in early next year but he hasn’t disclosed any dates.

Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy
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Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Expected To Take Place Before Ranji Trophy For Talent Scouting Ahead Of IPL 2021 Auction – Reports

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is likely planning to organise Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy before Ranji Trophy in a bid to provide the franchises options for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 auctions.

According to Scroll, an official well known to BCCI’s development stated that two to three IPL franchises have weak Indian talent in their squad. So, Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, India’s T20 domestic tournament, will help them to scout talented players ahead of the IPL 2021 auction. And with less time left for the auction, the board is planning to hold the T20 tournament before the country’s first-class tournament.

“Yes, the IPL auctions this year will be important for at least two to three teams which is weak on Indian talent. For their talent scouts, IPL will be an absolute necessity. So it’s only logical that Mushtaq Ali happens before Ranji Trophy,” the BCCI official was quoted as saying by Scroll.

Bio-bubble to be created for teams participating in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: 

Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy
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As COVID-19 cases in many Indian states have not lowered, BCCI will reach only 10 states to create a bio-bubble for the participating six teams, and if the states are ready to host, the board will arrange the full Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy within two weeks.

“There are at least 10 state units that will be approached and asked if they can create a bio-secure environment. The BCCI feels that if six out of 10 units give a positive response, then Mushtaq Ali can be completed in a two-week window and Ranji Trophy can start,” the official added.

Sourav Ganguly Thanks Players For Bearing The Mentally Tiring Bio-Bubble
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Earlier, it was reported that BCCI was looking to have a mega auction for IPL 2021 as some teams have demanded it. However, no official statement has been released on this, but Sourav Ganguly had informed that the 14th edition of the tournament would be hosted in April and May next year.

Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Reportedly Set To Begin On January 10
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BCCI Considering To Cancel Domestic Season This Year- Reports

The coronavirus cases spike in India has reportedly forced the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to rethink about organizing the domestic season. The Indian board is considering calling off the whole domestic season 2020-21.

Earlier, it was reported that the board is planning to truncate the senior domestic season- only the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and Ranji Trophy will be conducted from 19th November after the end of the IPL 2020.

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Ranji Trophy started off in 1943. Photo Credit: BCCI.

BCCI Considering To Cancel Domestic Season This Year- Reports

But as per the latest development, a source told TOI that the surge in COVID-19 cases in some states has hampered BCCI to go with the plan. Although the Indian board has not made any official statement on the cancellation of domestic tournaments.

“In certain states, it’s bad. In other states, it’s worse. The numbers are unrelenting. In such a scenario, how does one plan anything over a period of three or four months, when you’re not sure what’s in store tomorrow,” sources were quoted as saying by TOI.

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Saurashtra lifts maiden Ranji Trophy in the last season. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Earlier, the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has said that the health and safety of players are of utmost importance to BCCI. The domestic cricket will resume seeing the conditions.

“…the BCCI is making all efforts to ensure that domestic cricket resumes as and when the conditions permit. The health and safety of players and all other involved in domestic cricket is of utmost importance to BCCI and we are constantly monitoring all aspects,” Ganguly wrote.

Generally, the domestic season in India starts in August but the pandemic has wreaked havoc with the calendar. The Indian Premier League also got postponed which was scheduled to start from 29th March. Indian cricketers will resume the game with IPL. Later the year, they will tour Australia to play Test and limited over series.

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