Sourav Ganguly, still batting coolly at 49

Sourav Ganguly turns 49 this Thursday.

Usually on her birthday, fans gather around her Behala residence in Kolkata to catch a glimpse of their loved one. Maharaj and cover it with wishes. The current COVID-19 pandemic has called for a muted celebration.

And it will likely be a working day for the former Indian captain, who is now chairman of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Administrative work will occupy him.

Ganguly closely followed the World Test Championship (WTC) final. As the Indian team prepares for the Test Series against England, he is confident in his chances. “India is a good team. They won in Australia and beat England in the home series. They just lost a test match (the final). They are still a strong team and I can’t wait for them to play well in the five test series, ”said Ganguly. Sports star.

Following the WTC’s final loss to New Zealand, Indian cricketers are currently on a 20-day hiatus and will gather in Durham on July 14 to prepare for the series, which begins in Nottingham on August 4. of the series, ”Ganguly added.

The team will likely play a game against the Selected County XI between July 20 and July 22.

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The directors will have a lot to do in the coming months. The women’s team, currently touring England, will fly to Australia in August, followed by the Indian Premier League and the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

There is a buzz that spectators – who are fully vaccinated – may be allowed for the IPL. “When it comes to crowd authorization, it will all depend on the UAE government and local administration. We will have to comply with their guidelines. There is still time, I hope they will present their guidelines soon and then we can take a call about it, ”said the head of the BCCI.

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BCCI also plan to lead a fully-fledged national season this time around, with a total of 2,127 games to go. The Council will have a bio-bubble for tournaments to ensure the safety of players and other stakeholders. “We are going to create bio-bubbles. We made bubbles for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy last time around. We will have to do the same. Without the bubble, cricket cannot happen even for this season, ”Ganguly said.

From left to right: Sunil Gavaskar, Arun Dhumal, Yuvraj Singh and Sourav Ganguly at the Sportsstar Aces Awards in Mumbai in 2020. – VIJAY SONEJI

Due to the pandemic, the national season was cut short last year and the board decided to financially compensate the players because the Ranji Trophy could not take place. A committee of 10 members will be finalized to discuss the remuneration of the players.

According to the schedule released by the BCCI last week, the national season is scheduled to begin on September 21 with the Senior Women’s One-Day League.

The Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy will start on October 20, followed by the Ranji Trophy and the Vijay Hazare Trophy.

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