BCCI Apex Council Meeting: National season begins in September; Visa insurance for Pakistani players, media

The Cricket Control Council of India (BCCI) plans to start its national season with the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, starting in September. And the tournament will be followed by the Vijay Hazare Trophy in November, while the Ranji Trophy will take place in December.

At Friday’s Supreme Council meeting, it was decided that the Deodhar Trophy, Duleep Trophy and Irani Cup will be dropped this season with COVID-19 in mind.

“For now, the plan is to have as much cricket as possible, but given the COVID-19 situation, we will need to take a closer look in the coming months. We plan to have the T20, One- dayers and Ranji Trophy, ”said a BCCI official, who attended the meeting Sports star.

At last year’s annual general meeting, the board proposed a compensation package for national cricketers for a shortened season. However, this was not discussed at the meeting.

Tours for women

The women’s team will travel to England in June, followed by a series against Australia in September-October. In November, the West Indies team will travel to India for a limited series and just before the World Cup, the team will travel to New Zealand for a tri-series. Efforts are underway to have a full-fledged domestic season.

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T20 challenge

Three teams will compete in the Women’s T20 Challenge, which will be held during the IPL qualifiers. Although the venue remains to be decided, it is understood that Delhi could be the favorite. “There were plans to have one more team, but the COVID-19 restrictions meant that an additional team cannot be lined up this year,” the official said.

CAC led by Madan Lal chooses women’s head coach

It is understood that the existing cricket advisory committee, led by Madan Lal, will appoint the head coach of the women, while the selection committee will choose the support staff. According to the constitution of the BCCI, a cricket advisory committee must choose the head coach. The Board called for nominations a few days ago after WV Raman’s term of office expired.

BCA issued a show cause notice; Shukla and Dhumal will be the spearheads of the J&K committee

The board issued a show cause notice to the Bihar Cricket Association (BCA) for hosting the unauthorized T20 league, defying the diktat of the board. It has been decided that now all state T20 leagues will have to follow a strict rule. BCA will have to submit a certificate of compliance within 15 days indicating that its constitution complies with the order of the Supreme Court.

However, when it comes to hosting T20 leagues, the 15-day post-IPL cooling off period has been waived. Previously, no league could start right after IPL, but now that has been removed, paving the way for more cricket.

The Council also decided that Vice President Rajeev Shukla and Treasurer Arun Dhumal will head the ad hoc committee for the development of Jammu and Kashmir cricket. The court had ordered the BCCI to deal with cricket cases in Jammu and Kashmir.

Pakistani player and media visas

The Indian government has given permission to approve visas for Pakistani players and media for the T20 World Cup, BCCI informed the Supreme Council. An appeal on the fan visa will be decided later by the Ministry of the Interior.

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