The Board of Control for Cricket in India has issued an advisory to its affiliated State Associations with regard to hosting or organising T20 tournaments – professional leagues or otherwise.
The seven-page advisory, under the signatures of BCCI’s General Manager, Cricket, Saba Karim’s signatures is “issued to provide guidance to affiliated units of BCCI for conduct of T20 State cricket association tournament, including but not limited to franchisee based/sponsor based/team-based tournaments.”
The State Associations have been advised to ensure strict compliance with this advisory for conducting the Tournament.
While it has been made mandatory for the affiliated States to seek BCCI approval for hosting a T20 tournament, no such event can be scheduled “during the IPL and/or fifteen (15) days before or after the IPL and/or during 15th September to end of February every year”, states the advisory. No State association can host more than one such tournament in a year.
The participation of players shall be restricted to only those players who are registered with the state association and qualify to represent the said State Association for the purpose of BCCI Domestic Tournaments.
The players, who are registered with the State association for playing local matches, cannot play the league in the State if they represent another State association in BCCI’s domestic tournaments. The affiliated States units are also not allowed to conduct inter-State T20 tournaments.
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