The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has planned out 1054 domestic matches in the 2021-22 season. The board stated during a virtual meeting of the Apex Council members that this season it will conduct 13 tournaments.
“It is a massive astroturfing exercise that the BCCI has undertaken and 1054 domestic matches under bio-secure environment will be no mean task,” a BCCI official said. He added, “It’s a record no cricketing nations can boast of in these times.”
The board has decided not to limit the number of matches due to the Covid-19 scare anymore and will be preparing a ‘Covid-free bio-secure bubble’ to conduct the games.
“The enormity of the task can be gauged from the fact that the bio-secure bubbles will be created in over 25 cities and more than 75 hotels with at least 220 rooms in each city,” the BCCI official said. “Given the constraints of time because of need to quarantine for six days before the start of a tournament and again before the knockout rounds, a few tournaments like Irani Trophy, Duleep Trophy had to be excluded,” he explained.
“BCCI’s domestic season is the backbone of Indian cricket. Thousands of players play across various tournaments and age groups. Domestic cricket is the nurturing ground for producing world-class players for the Indian team,” the Apex Council note says.
It goes on to add, “The BCCI was able to organise a very limited amount of domestic cricket in the last season due to the raging Covid 19 pandemic. In the current season, the pandemic situation has considerably improved, and the vaccination process is in full swing. India is also opening, and domestic travel is allowed in most parts of the county.
“The BCCI is looking forward to hosting the full domestic season for 2021 – 2022 for both and men and women category. The new season will be played in a biosecure environment in a similar manner like how it was done in the previous years,” the note states.
The tournaments to be conducted in the 2021-22 domestic season include Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Vijay Hazare Trophy, Ranji Trophy, Men’s State A One Day, Col C. K. Naidu Trophy, Vinoo Mankad Trophy, Men’s U19 One Day Challenger, Cooch Behar Trophy (Multi-Day), Senior Women’s T20 League, Senior Women’s One Day League, Senior Women’s One Day Challenger Trophy, Women’s U19 One Day League and Women’s U19 One Day Challenger Trophy.
The 2021-22 domestic season of India starts from September 28 and will run till April 2 next year.
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