Unfair to compare organisation of 60 IPL games to 2000 plus domestic games: BCCI secretary Jay Shah

DUBAI: There is a world of difference between organising 60 Indian Premier League matches and 2000-plus domestic games, said BCCI secretary Jay Shah as he rejected “unfair and unwarranted” criticism that the Board priortised the cash-rich event over national tournaments like the Ranji Trophy.
Last year, the blue riband Ranji Trophy as well as junior cricket were not held because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the operational difficulties of creating a bio-secure environment for thousands of players and support staff.
While players lost out on significant earnings, the BCCI copped a lot of flak for too much focus on the cash-rich league.
“I feel the criticism is unwarranted and unfair. In 2020 as well, in the middle of the pandemic, we conducted Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament, Vijay Hazare tournament and Senior Women’s One-day tournament taking all precautions,” Shah, who was in
Muscat and Dubai, to oversee T20 World Cup and IPL preparations, was quoted as saying by “Gulf News”. Shah said the number of matches and required logistics between two tournaments are incomparable.
“It won’t be a fair assessment if IPL is compared with other Indian domestic tournaments. The IPL has a franchise model and a platform for the world’s best cricketers, coaches, support staff to come and showcase their skills.

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