The BCCI secretary Jay Shah has announced the schedule of the upcoming 2021-22 domestic season. He has reportedly written a letter to all the stakeholders while outlining the details of the same. With regards to the start of the 2021-22 domestic season, Jay Shah stated:
“The BCCI is working very closely with the government of India, state regulatory authorities, and other relevant stakeholders to ensure that our sport achieves a collaborative solution. With this, there is a combined objective for a complete BCCI domestic cricket season 2021-22 to be played, enabling us to maintain the integrity of each competition”.
His letter further added: “The restart date for BCCI domestic cricket season 2021-22 has been reviewed with all stakeholders, as the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic develops and we work together through this very challenging time.
“The BCCI will proceed with the full season of domestic cricket starting with Under-19 tournaments (both categories) in September 2021”.
As per the guidelines, each squad will have a maximum of 30 members. Of these 30, a minimum of 20 players should be there in the squad. The rest 10 members will complete the support staff. Each team is told to have a physician, who would manage the Covid-related issues. The last date of inter-state transfer and registration of guest players will be 15-days before the start of the specific tournament.
“That was a big reason why a premier tournament like the Ranji couldn’t be conducted. This time the BCCI, among other things, also enjoys the benefit of hindsight and that experience will work in favour of Indian cricket. The onset of the pandemic was new and unknown to all of us, like everywhere else. But a year-and-a-half of dealing with it has taught us that we have to find ways, despite this unrelenting virus, to continue working,” a senior BCCI member said.
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