BCCI cancels Ranji Trophy this season: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to cancel the Ranji Trophy this season in the wake of COVID-19. Furthermore, the cricket board, which is currently hosting the Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament, will try to host the Vijay Hazare Trophy in February, according to a report by Time of India. The board is also making efforts to host a T20 tournament for women in the same month.
The key decisions were taken during BCCI Apex Council meeting on Sunday, held via teleconference.
“We are just being practical. Let’s face it – the pandemic still has not gone anywhere. It’s here and our lives continue to remain dispossessed by it. There are 38 First Class teams and a bio-bubble of that degree is simply not possible,” TOI reported.
In the absence of any red-ball cricket, the BCCI will find ways to suitably pay the cricketers and all others who participate in the domestic circuit. The Ranji Trophy, held every year between October and February.
The schedule for the Vijay Hazare is expected to be out in the next two week.
BCCI likely to add only one IPL team
According to TOI report, the Indian Premier League (IPL) will only have nine teams, apropos of the general body “approving” the ITTs for two new franchises.
BCCI in its Annual General Meeting (AGM) held at Ahmedabad last month, the members had given approval to the inclusion of two new franchises in the IPL.
The Board, however, is likely to add only one team to IPL, thus giving importance to the following issues.
The decision is being backed by the industry. “All said, it’s a well-thought move. The BCCI will clearly benefit in the short and long run because it’ll derive better value from the 10th franchise in the future, doesn’t really disturb the ecosystem for now, buys them more time to put their own house in order,” TOI reported.
For this season, however, there will be just eight teams.
IPL 2021 auctions to be held next month
The franchises will have to send their retention list by January 20. The dates for the auctions are yet to be announced, however, it is likely to be held on February 11.