CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) wants to host the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament to kickstart the season. Since the domestic season has been curtailed due to an epidemic, the association has been keen to have the Ranji Trophy if possible.
TNCA is set to address its options to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday after the parent body asked state bodies to choose from four options for conducting domestic.
In a letter to all state associations, the options listed by BCCI President Sourav Ganguly are: “Option 1 – Only Ranji Trophy” or “Option 2 – Only Syed Mushtaq Ali T20” or “Option 3 – Ranji Trophy and Syed Mushtaq Ali T20” Or “Option 4 – Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 and Vijay Hazare Trophy.”
Ganguly said the Ranji Trophy will take 67 days, Mushtaq Ali 22 days and the Vijay Hazare Trophy 28 days to complete. Proposed windows for competitions are January 11 to March 18 (Ranji), December 20 to January 10 (Syed Mushtaq Ali) and Vijay Hazare Trophy (January 11 to February 7).
TNCA is of the opinion that IPL franchises will help hold the T20 tournament ahead of the mega auction scheduled for February. “We are hearing that the ninth team will be added to the IPL from next season. So domestic players get promoted before the IPL auction because they can showcase their talent in the tournament. Moreover, Mushtaq Ali takes just 22 days to complete. If things go smoothly, we definitely want to run the Ranji Trophy, ”a TNCA official told TOI on Monday. They feel that the start of December 20th for the T20 may cut it too close, as teams have to prepare and undergo a period of cornering after reaching the venue.
BCCI aims to create six bio-safe hubs across the country and is looking at centers in Chennai, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Andhra, Baroda and Nagpur. “The 38 teams will be divided into 5 Elite Groups and 1 Plate Groups. Elite Groups will consist of 6 Teams and Plate Groups will have 8 Teams. At least 3 locations will be broadcast in each BCCI hub (digital) friendly,” Ganguly wrote in his letter.
TNCA thinks it has the infrastructure to run tournaments. “Apart from MA Chidambaram Stadium, we also have Gurunanak, IIT, Murugappa and Ramachandra grounds. As the number of Kovid cases is decreasing in the city, we will inform the BCCI that we are ready to host the tournament,” the official said.
Sources said the window for the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) now depends on the domestic calendar of the BCCI. “Once the BCCI locks its calendar, we will throw out a window for TNPL,” he said.

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