The Board for Control of Cricket in India is looking to stage the T20 Championship Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in January next year. The tournament will get a go-to signal ahead of the Ranji Trophy and all other domestic tournaments in India.
It will be followed by the rumored IPL 2021 mega auctions early next year before it takes place between March and April.
As per the reports, BCCI has already proposed some of the few state associations that possess multiple cricket grounds with nearby five-star hotels. Only if things go well, the apex body will starting go with the creation of the bio-bubble environment for atleast three teams.
“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 its only logical that Mushtaq Ali happens before Ranji Trophy,” a state unit official told PTI.
“There are at least 10 state units that will be approached and asked if they can create bio-secure environment. The BCCI feels that if 6 out of 10 units give a popitive response, then Mushtaq Ali can be completed in a two week window and Ranji Trophy can start,” he added.
Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) is one of the potential organizers for the tournament with as many as three grounds: Eden Gardens, JU (Salt Lake) and Kalyani.
“The CAB had zeroed in on two hotels — Novotel and Hyatt for keeping the six teams in bio-secure environment. However Hyatt said that it will be difficult for them to provide exclusive hotel staff (room service and housekeeping) for bio-bubble.
“So CAB has booked 80 rooms for 6 teams and two complete floors to create a bio-bubble,” a senior CAB official told PTI.