Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy organized before Ranji Trophy due to IPL auction, BCCI contacts state associations

The Cricket Board of India (BCCI) may begin the revised domestic season due to Kovid-19 with the National T20 Championship for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in January, in view of the Indian Premier League-14 players auction. It is learned that the BCCI has already indicated to some state associations where there are several grounds and five-star hotels to create a biologically safe environment for at least three teams.

A state unit official, on the condition of anonymity, said, “Yes, this year’s IPL auction is important for at least two or three teams who do not have very good Indian players. Therefore it is logical that the Mushtaq Ali Trophy be organized before the Ranji Trophy. The official said that the BCCI is looking at such state associations where there are at least three grounds and the facilities of five-star hotels are also close.

Final can be held in Bengal

He said, ‘At least 10 state units will be contacted and asked if they can create a biologically safe environment. The BCCI believes that if six out of 10 units also respond positively, then the Mushtaq Ali Trophy can be held during a two-week window and the Ranji Trophy will start after that. The Bengal Cricket Association (CAB) could be one of the possible hosts of the National T20 Championship as it has three stadiums in the form of Eden Gardens, JU (Salt Lake) and Kalyani.

IPL will be held in India in April-May

BCCI President Saurabh Ganguly has said that domestic cricket in India will start from next year. He hoped that the next IPL edition would be played in India in April-May. They hope that the vaccine will come by then and the IPL will be organized. Ganguly said that apart from this, the UAE remains an option for the Indian Board. Players will also be auctioned before the IPL.

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