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National calendar released but no word on biosafety yet | Cricket News

MUMBAI: The BCCI announced on Saturday that from September 21, the 2021-22 national season for men and women will begin after suffering a forced hiatus from the 2020-21 season due to Covid-19.
The season will begin with the Senior Women’s One Day League, followed by the Senior Women’s One Day Challenger Trophy, Mushtaq Ali T20 for men, the Ranji Trophy (which was not played last season), and will end by the Vijay Hazare one-dayers – resulting in a total of 2,127 matches.
The CK Nayudu Trophy, the Vinoo Mankad one-dayers, the Cooch Behar Trophy, the Vijay Merchant Under-16 tournament as well as the women’s U23 matches are all in the works.
In doing so, BCCI shared the entire schedule with state associations and the media. The board has prepared the outside structure of the calendar and intends to conclude all of these tournaments by December of this year.
The associations are nevertheless asking questions. “Planning a schedule is easy because there is a model. The hardest part is succeeding. BCCI has yet to share details on whether this entire national season will be played out in a bio-secure bubble. if so, who will organize the bubble, what are the likely expenses and will the Council bear all the costs? ” say the members.
Also last year, the BCCI led the one-day Vijay Hazare organic bubble-free. “Isn’t that again a risky proposition? It’s good that we want to lead the national season, but safety must be seen as just as paramount,” they add.
TOI spoke to the Board of Directors about these concerns raised. “We will assure these members in the coming weeks that the costs of the bio-bubble and security protocols, if they arise, will be borne by the board. Now if we need this bubble – let’s take the call when we get closer to We’re still just over three months away, ”officials said.
In the 2020-21 season, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly insisted that the Ranji Trophy would be played. However, it had to be canceled due to the pandemic and the fact that the BCCI had not planned a bio-secure bubble in advance.
“The point is, you can’t say that an IPL needs a bio-bubble – because it’s sophisticated – when other national tournaments don’t. And in such a scenario, given that you want to organize more than 2000 matches, the BCCI should better start planning this well in advance, ”say those who follow the developments.