NEW DELHI: BCCI has planned to conduct the country’s premier domestic tournaments Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and Ranji Trophy in the forthcoming months. Ranji Trophy did not take place in the last season 2020-21, due to the outbreak of Covid-19. It was the first time in 87 years of history of the tournament was cancelled. In the last season 2019-20, Saurashtra were the champions after defeating Bengal in the final.
With the Covid-19 outbreak coming under control, BCCI has drafted out a plan to conduct all the domestic cricket tournaments like Ranji Trophy, Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, and Vijay Hazare Trophy. These domestic tournaments will commence after the completion of the IPL 2021 second leg, slated to be conducted from September 19 to October 15, 2021.
BCCI has planned to conduct the next season of Ranji Trophy in January 2022. Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy will begin in the 3rd week of October this year. It will be followed by the One-Day domestic tournament Vijay Hazare Trophy in November this year.
If everything goes smoothly and these tournaments are conducted as per schedule, the 2021-22 season of the Ranji Trophy will take place in January 2022. BCCI also wants to conduct U-25 games in January 2022. The women’s senior and U- 25 games will be played post that.
Currently, BCCI joint secretary Jayesh George has been preparing the domestic calendar for the forthcoming season. An old schedule was prepared by BCCI secretary Jay Shah in July. According to the schedule, BCCI had planned to conduct Ranji Trophy from November 16, 2021 to February 19, 2022. However, the board changed the schedule due to IPL mega auction and the pandemic.
Now, the Vijay Hazare Trophy will be conducted in November this year and BCCI is going to inform the state associations about the schedule next week. The tournament will be conducted under a bio-bubble secure environment.
The Under-19 boys’ one-day tournament Vinoo Mankad Trophy will kick off in September this year. Since the ICC Under-19 World Cup is set to be played in West Indies in January 2022, BCCI has decided to organize U-19 games first to prepare the team for the ICC tournament. The pandemic did not allow the board to conduct any junior-level cricket in the last year. —Agencies