Planning to start domestic cricket from January 1: Sourav Ganguly

Ruben Hill
October 18, 2020

"But it is virtually impossible to create a bio-bubble for each of the 38 teams that compete in Ranji Trophy and in other tournaments", said the source.

However, in order to minimise the hassles of travel in the pandemic, the matches are likely to be held in four different centres. As of now, we are looking at a January start with the Ranji Trophy and women's one-dayers being played.

In the meantime, Ganguly also talked about the return of women's cricket and other age-group cricket between March and April.

Also, giving an update on India's tour of Australia, Ganguly said, 'Australia cricket has sent us the itinerary and we have discussed about it.

"Puducherry has six grounds and has offered to host". The main motive is to minimise travel for players.

"Even if the BCCI decides to hold matches within each of the five zones - which is an option being floated around - in cities that have more than one grounds, will there be enough rooms in hotels to accommodate so many teams while adhering to the Covid-19 protocols?" he asked. "Another option can be Dharamsala which has Bilaspur and Nadaun in its proximity".

The announcement by Ganguly, however, has led to concerns by state associations, who claim that they have not been consulted to understand the prevailing situation and the issues with their respective states.

On the global front, the Indian team is expected to tour Australia in the 2020-21 season, to play three ODIs, three T20Is and four Tests.

Earlier, the Australian reported that the white-ball series might precede the four-Test series. "We also have to look at bio bubbles and the challenges of organising matches in these times. We will be playing four Tests and that will end in the third week of January", Ganguly said.

While speaking to Indian Express, Sourav Ganguly said that Cricket Australia had shared a detailed plan for the bilateral series across the format with BCCI.

On the England series postponed due to Corona viral this year, Ganguly said, 'We have three to four months straight for the series against England. "We are monitoring the situation (COVID-19) which is pretty fluid and will take a call accordingly", he stated.

While internet hosting the collection in India (Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Dharamsala being possible venues) stays precedence, the UAE is a second choice.

A BCCI official added that holding all the T20Is and ODIs against England at two separate single venues was a possibility.

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