The Supreme Council of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is expected to discuss the terms of the 2021-2022 national season at its meeting on April 16.
Last season, the Council abandoned the Ranji Trophy due to the COVID-19 pandemic and only hosted the limited edition tournaments – the Vijay Hazare Trophy and the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
At the Supreme Council meeting, which could be held virtually, BCCI officials are expected to come up with a plan for the coming season to host as many tournaments as possible – including women’s events and age group tournaments. .
In a letter to state units last week, BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly said the council planned to host the U-19 men’s tournament in June-July if the pandemic remains under control. “Last season was an exception when we had to remove the Ranji Trophy. But this time the plan is to start things early and have as many tournaments as possible in a secure environment, ”said a board official.
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According to the shared agenda, members will also discuss the situation at Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association – a body that the High Court had asked the BCCI to run for until the elections are held. There will be discussions about joining the Telangana Cricket Association.
Another major area of discussion will be the T20 tournaments which are mushrooming in various states. Last month, the Bihar Cricket Association launched their T20 league without any permission from the BCCI. “The BCCI is quite clear in its approach to the leagues and the board of directors will be discussing a roadmap following the Bihar T20 League,” a board official said.
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Discussions could take place over the appointment of support staff for the Indian Women’s Team and its international assignments, which have been hit hard by the pandemic.
The visa issue
The BCCI had recently informed the ICC that it would obtain the necessary visas and fiscal guarantees by the end of the month for the T20 World Cup and that these will be discussed at the meeting.
The Pakistan Cricket Board had previously written to the ICC to request written assurance from the BCCI, securing the visa required for its contingent for the T20 World Cup slated for later this year.