New DelhiWith the remaining matches of IPL 2021 scheduled to be held in September-October, it seems difficult to start the domestic season before the end of October. The remaining 31 matches of this season of IPL will be held in the UAE from September 19 to October 15, which will include many domestic players. In such a situation, the domestic season, which was to start from the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament in September, will not start on time.
Domestic tournament level in danger of falling
A state association official said, “The mega auction for IPL 2022 is expected this year. Two new teams can be included in IPL. In such a situation, interest in Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament will increase. Ideally it should not clash with the remaining matches of the IPL, otherwise the standard of the domestic T20 tournament will fall.
Ranji Trophy was not even held last year.Another state association official said, “Unfortunately, there has been no concrete discussion with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) regarding the domestic season. The situation with Corona has not stabilized yet. We have seen that the T20 World Cup has also gone out of India. We have heard that the board will wait to fix the date, but the T20 tournament probably won’t happen in September. Ranji Trophy has not been organized since last season and unless the situation in Corona improves, it is also difficult to happen this year.
T20 World Cup shifted out of India
The ICC T20 World Cup has been shifted to UAE and Oman. The International Cricket Council (ICC) made its official announcement on Tuesday. The tournament will be played from October 17 to November 14, which was earlier to be played in India, but due to the second wave of Covid-19 (COVID-19 Pandemic) in India, it was decided to shift it.
[Attribution to NBT]