India's domestic 2020-21 season - Only Ranji Trophy and Syed Mushtaq Ali for men?

India’s homegrown season will get in progress from January 1, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said on Saturday. He additionally said the BCCI has “elaborate plans” for junior cricket and ladies’ competitions.

The BCCI’s Apex Council met on Saturday to talk about the homegrown schedule, which had been tossed in disorder by the flooding Covid-19 cases in India.

“We have had extensive discussions on domestic cricket and we have tentatively decided to start the competitions from January 1, 2021,” Ganguly told PTI from Dubai.

When inquired as to whether it would be a diminished season or not, the previous Indian skipper said the board won’t have the option to oblige every homegrown competition, given the circumstance with the pandemic.

“We will unquestionably have the undeniable Ranji Trophy. [But] it will likely not be conceivable to hold all competitions,” Ganguly stated, implying that the BCCI was peering toward the January-March period for the Ranji Trophy. “We also have elaborate plans for our age-group and women’s cricket. We will start with the Ranji Trophy and then we will also have the other tournaments between March and April.”

To limit travel, matches are probably going to be sorted out in four distinct focuses, one for every one of the four gatherings (A, B, C and Plate). For instance, Puducherry can have all groups in the Plate Group.

“Puducherry has six grounds and have offered to host. It can host the Plate Group games while the other Groups can play in three different centres. The main motive is to minimise travel for players,” a BCCI official told PTI. “Bangalore also has a lot of grounds so it can be one option. Another option can be Dharamsala which has Bilaspur and Nadaun in its proximity.”

Ganguly’s words are probably going to give state affiliations clearness to plan for their seasons. Most players have been preparing all alone due to the Coronavirus 19 pervasiveness in India, however recently, Uttarakhand turned into the principal group to begin preparing under one rooftop.

On the global front, the Indian group is relied upon to visit Australia in the 2020- 21 season, to play three ODIs, three T20Is and four Tests. Ganguly demonstrated that players would be permitted to prepare when they are in Australia during their isolate stage.

“Cricket Australia has sent us an itinerary and we discussed the modalities of that itinerary,” Ganguly said. “We will be playing four Tests and that will end in the third week of January.”

Subsequent to getting back from Australia, a home arrangement against England is planned, yet Ganguly said that no last call could be taken on plans yet.

“The England series is good three-and-a-half to four months away,” he said. “We actually have time. We are observing the [Covid-19] circumstance, which is pretty liquid and will accept a call likewise.”

Facilitating the arrangement against England in India (Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Dharamsala being the presumable scenes) stays a need, yet the UAE – where IPL 2020 is in progress – is a subsequent choice for the board.

A BCCI official included that holding all the T20Is and ODIs against England at two separate single settings was a chance. Also, the Tests could be held in only two scenes at the most to limit travel.