The Cricket Control Council of India (BCCI) has called for a virtual special general meeting on May 29.
In a letter to all members and affiliated units – who Sports star saw – BCCI secretary Jay Shah wrote that there will be “a discussion on the next cricket season given the pandemic situation in the country”.
Sports star understands that while the meeting will focus on hosting the T20 World Cup amid the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, there will also be discussions on the future of the cricket season in the country, which is at a standstill due to the pandemic.
The Council had to postpone junior cricket and it is believed that a roadmap could be put in place for the cricket season this year with all factors in mind. The board had to cancel the Ranji Trophy last season and at its annual general meeting in December decided to financially compensate the players. We think there could be discussions on this front.
In addition, the International Cricket Council (ICC) is expected to hold a meeting in June on the T20 World Cup, and BCCI plans to discuss the way forward to host the T20 World Cup in October-November. While other issues – including future tours and programs and women’s cricket – would be on the agenda, the primary focus would be to come up with a strategy ahead of the ICC meeting.
At its Apex Council meeting in April, the Board of Trustees shortened nine venues for the T20 World Cup, but with the country witnessing a second wave of the pandemic, it is quite possible that the entire tournament will be transferred to the United Arab Emirates.
However, at first glance, board officials have expressed confidence in hosting the tournament in India if the situation improves. “The ICC must answer the call of the tournament, but on our side, we will have to be ready. We will discuss all the possibilities, assess the situation, and then come up with a plan that could be presented to the ICC, ”said a Council official. Sports star.
Previously, BCCI and ICC had indicated that they would move the tournament to the UAE in case the situation did not improve in India and an ICC team had to visit the venues for an inspection. However, the plan was canceled due to the second wave and the implementation of the lockdown by most states.
BCCI had led the Indian Premier League (IPL) in a cluster caravan format, but the tournament had to be postponed midway after several players and support staff tested positive for the virus.