BCCI President Sourav Ganguly on Monday mentioned the Board will do all it will possibly to make sure that India’s residence collection towards England stays within the nation and home tournaments kick off in some unspecified time in the future regardless of the “fluid” COVID-19 state of affairs.
India’s Covid-19 case load has gone previous 60 lakh and the loss of life toll has surged past 95,000. England are scheduled to tour India subsequent yr between January and March for 5 Tests, three ODIs and three T20 Internationals.
“…priority is to make this (series against England) happen in India. We will try to make this happen on Indian grounds. The advantage in UAE is they have three stadiums (Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Dubai),” he mentioned in a media interplay right here addressing hypothesis that UAE might be the host for India given the COVID case tally right here. BCCI has just lately signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Emirates Cricket Board for better cooperation in conducting matches there.
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“We also have the same facility in Mumbai — CCI, Wankhede and DY Patil. We also have Eden Gardens. We have to create a bubble. We want to hold our cricket in India, that’s where the game is, that’s where the heart is. But we are monitoring the COVID situation,” Ganguly mentioned after being named model ambassador of the Bengal Peerless group right here.
“Everything is fluid. It’s been hard for the last six months to keep everything in order. You want your cricket to happen. You want lives to get back to normal, there are players involved. But you also want to have a close look at the COVID situation,” Ganguly added.
On to home cricket and below regular circumstances, the BCCI would have already began its mega season with Ranji Trophy and Duleep Trophy, the U-23 CK Nayudu Trophy, Vijay Hazare and Deodhar Trophy, and the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
In 2019-20 it hosted 2036 home games throughout numerous age teams within the males’s and girls’s class however making a bio-bubble for thus many groups throughout the nation will likely be subsequent to inconceivable given the virus risk.
“We are monitoring it. We want to have our domestic season. We have all the combinations, situations ready in our mind. We will try and make it happen as much as we can,” he reiterated.
Ganguly was additionally requested concerning the lacklustre IPL type of recently-retired ex-captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He backed the enduring finisher to come back good for Chennai Super kings.
“In the current situation, it will take some time for him to get back to his old touch. He played a cricket match after about one year and six months. It’s not easy however good you are. It will take some time,” he mentioned.
“When Dhoni was in prime form and was the captain, then I was in broadcast and had said that he should bat at number four,” he recalled.