Ganguly hints at January-March window for Ranji Trophy

Moreover, Sourav Ganguly said that the BCCI won’t be able to accommodate all the domestic tournaments for practical reasons.

Sourav Ganguly

Sourav Ganguly said it has been ''tentatively decided to start the (domestic) competitions from January 1".   -  PTI Photo

The much awaited domestic cricket season could likely start from January 1, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said on Saturday.

The BCCI Apex Council met Saturday evening and a good amount of time was spent on discussing the domestic calendar, which did not start this season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have had extensive discussions on domestic cricket and we have tentatively decided to start the competitions from January 1, 2021,” Ganguly told PTI from Dubai.

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When asked if it would be a curtailed season or not, the former Indian captain said the board won’t be able to accommodate all domestic tournaments for practical reasons.

“We will certainly have the full-fledged Ranji Trophy redball tournament. It will probably not be possible to hold all tournaments,” Ganguly said, hinting that BCCI is eyeing the January-March window for Ranji Trophy.

The BCCI president also assured that the junior cricket and women’s tournaments will be held between March and April.

“We also have elaborate plans for our age group and women’s cricket. We will start with Ranji Trophy and then we will also have the other tournaments between March and April,” he said.

Series against Australia and England

He also informed that the Indian team will be allowed to train in Australia during their quarantine phase.

“Cricket Australia has sent us an itinerary and we discussed the modalities of that itinerary. We will be playing four Tests and that will end in third week of January,” the BCCI president said.

The Indian team is expected to play three ODIs, three T20Is and four Tests Down Under.

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On the home series against England, Ganguly said that the BCCI is monitoring the situation and the final itinerary will be prepared in due time.

“The England series is good three and a half to four months away. We still have time. We are monitoring the situation (COVID-19) which is pretty fluid and will take a call accordingly,” he said.

While hosting the series in India (Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Dharamsala being likely venues) remains priority, the UAE is a second option.

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