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BCCI plans to begin Ranji Trophy by February 13, says Sourav Ganguly

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The Board of Management for Cricket in India (BCCI) plans to begin the Ranji Trophy by February 13 and it’ll proceed to have six teams of six groups every for the group section.

The Board president Sourav Ganguly instructed Sportstar: “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.”

With the IPL set to start on March 27, the Board will conduct the knockouts stage of the match in June-July. “Up to now, the format stays identical, until COVID-19 interferes once more. However we’ll have a look at the venues. We will even have a look at the variety of COVID-19 circumstances in these venues. At this second, centres like Bengaluru and Kerala have plenty of COVID-19 circumstances. We are going to talk about every little thing and may get a transparent image by tomorrow or Monday,” the previous India captain mentioned.

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The match was scheduled to be earlier held in six centres – Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Thiruvananthapuram, and Chennai. Kolkata was scheduled to host the knockouts.

The BCCI can be braced for the challenges of internet hosting the knockout rounds in the course of the monsoons in June-July. “We would (must take the knockouts) to Bengaluru at the moment. Let’s see, however we can give a transparent image within the subsequent three or 4 days,” Ganguly mentioned.

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 match and the knockouts of the Cooch Behar Trophy – have been placed on maintain. However Ganguly is optimistic about holding these tournaments too.

The BCCI secretary Jay Shah had earlier written to the state items, thanking them for his or her assist. In his letter, the secretary mentioned the Board “is working intently to mitigate any form of well being threat brought on by the pandemic, whereas on the identical time making certain a extremely aggressive red-ball cricket contest.”

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