The Board of Management for Cricket in India (BCCI) is predicted to finalise the schedule and venues for the Ranji Trophy on Monday.
In an evolving COVID-19 state of affairs, the Board can even need to finalise the format of the event, which is meant to be held in two phases – the league stage in February and March and the knockouts in June and July, after the Indian Premier League.
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had informed Sportstar on Friday there was no plan to tweak the format. “We wish to begin the Ranji Trophy by mid-February… by the thirteenth. As of now, we’re a standard Ranji Trophy format, the place we could have six teams, six groups in every group, and 5 matches. That may take us one month to complete the primary section, simply earlier than the IPL,” Ganguly had mentioned.
Change in format?
Nonetheless, this publication understands that after deliberations during the last couple of days, the Board prime brass can also be exploring another choice – dividing the elite sides into seven teams, with every that includes 4 groups. The north-east groups might be divided into two separate teams. Whereas every crew might play solely three matches within the group stage, a complete of 16 groups will qualify for the pre-quarterfinals, which can be held publish the IPL.
That is being thought-about because of the time constraint. With the IPL scheduled to start in Mumbai on March 27, the Board plans to complete off the league stage by March 10-11, in order that the gamers can be part of their respective IPL groups quickly after the Ranji Trophy league stage.
“There may be not a lot time left, so to be sure that each the Ranji Trophy and the IPL are held easily, the office-bearers and the BCCI logistics crew are exploring a number of choices. There are a couple of concepts they’re discussing and a closing resolution must be taken in a day or two,” a BCCI insider mentioned, including the office-bearers are anticipated to satisfy on Monday to finalise an appropriate choice.
“We additionally want to make sure there’s sufficient restoration time for the gamers. So, an appropriate resolution can be taken preserving all the pieces in thoughts.”
The event was earlier held in six centres – Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Thiruvananthapuram, and Chennai. Kolkata was scheduled to host the knockouts.
“We are going to have a look at the venues. We can even have a look at the variety of COVID-19 circumstances in these venues. At this second, centres like Bengaluru and Kerala have lots of COVID-19 circumstances. We are going to talk about all the pieces and may get a transparent image by Monday,” Ganguly had mentioned.
With Mumbai internet hosting the IPL, chances are high excessive these matches might be shifted to different venues like Rajkot, Cuttack and Hyderabad.
The Ranji Trophy, initially scheduled to start on January 13, was postponed due to the rise in COVID-19 circumstances throughout the nation. A number of different tournaments – together with the ladies’s event and the knockouts of the Cooch Behar Trophy – have been placed on maintain.