Mumbai: The Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) has advised the BCCI not to start a shortened domestic season before January 2021 so that teams can prepare accordingly. With further permission from their state governments, many domestic teams have yet to run their pre-camps for physical fitness and cricket skills.
BCCI Secretary Jay Shah said in an email to all state associations on Monday that they have to choose between four options to host a shortened season of domestic cricket due to Kovid-19. In that email, the BCCI mentioned that the season could begin with the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy from December 20 to January 10, followed by the Vijay Hazare Trophy or the Ranji Trophy (January 11 to February 7).
However, SCA President Jayadev Shah wrote in an email to the BCCI Secretary (“ToI has one copy”): “It is very challenging to organize BCCI’s domestic tournaments in the prevailing situation. It may be too early to start, because in the prevailing situation we don’t call any players for training. ”
Like other state associations, the SCA also thought it would be logical to play only the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 and Vijay Hazare Trophy tournaments, although the Ranji Trophy is to be held on a zonal basis, if both are successful, and the Kovid-19 situation is under control. “According to Option 4, fewer formats, such as the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 and the Vijay Hazare Trophy, will be held in January 2021, with crowds (to look at travel conditions), in the same hubs; The longer format, the Ranji Trophy, can be organized later in the year, depending on the success of the above tournaments and the prevailing circumstances.
Shah wrote in his email, “As you have rightly stated, organizing domestic tournaments should be subject to advice from government and medical professionals.”
The SCA chief congratulated the BCCI for successfully organizing the IPL in the UAE amid an epidemic. Shah wrote, “Heartfelt congratulations to you and everyone at BCCI for the amazing success of IPL 2020. Successful IPL promises regular cricketing activities”.

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