Sourav Ganguly, the president of the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) says that the board is looking forward to commencing India domestic cricket by January 2021. As the Coronavirus outbreak has made sure that no traveling and no cricket will be organized, the countries spent months without cricket but as of now, it is slowly reviving.
India, which has marked a begin to cricket activities by the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) going on in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is looking to begin the activities in their backyard as well.
According to the statement of the reports, January-March will be marked for another edition of the Ranji trophy. Discussing the venues that can be considered, he named Puducherry (six grounds) to hold the most matches along with Bangalore and Dharamshala following Puducherry in the number of grounds.
India to resume domestic cricket by 1st January
“We have had extensive discussions on domestic cricket and we have tentatively decided to start the competitions from January 1, 2021,” Ganguly said.
“We will certainly have the full-fledged Ranji Trophy red-ball tournament. It will probably not be possible to hold all tournaments,” he stated.
“Puducherry has six grounds and has offered to host. It can host the Plate Group games while the other Groups can play in three different centers. The main motive is to minimize travel for players.
“Bangalore also has a lot of grounds so it can be one option and another option can be Dharamsala which has Bilaspur and Nadaun in its proximity,” a BCCI official mentioned.