The Ranji Trophy, India’s premier First-Class match, which couldn’t be carried out final yr because of the pandemic, will seemingly be held before the Indian Premier League (IPL). The Indian board pays Rs 40,000 per day to the gamers for the four-day Ranji Trophy matches, which is the primary supply of revenue for greater than 800 domestic cricketers. The BCCI has additionally given the inexperienced sign to host girls’s senior video games, however is but to resolve whether or not to go forward with junior cricket this season.
The Indian Express understands that in Sunday’s Apex Council assembly of the Indian cricket board, secretary Jay Shah sought suggestions from the members whether or not they most popular the 50-overs match Vijay Hazare Trophy or Ranji after the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 ends on January 31. It’s learnt that the Ranji Trophy could possibly be a truncated affair, like the continuing T20 competitors.
The board has solely a two-month window to host its four-day competitors because it desires to start out the IPL in April. With greater than two lakh Covid-19 circumstances nonetheless lively within the nation, the BCCI should chalk out plans to stage the match safely.
“The Apex Council had a discussion on the issue. And Jay bhai was of the view that players earn more in Ranji Trophy as compared to Syed Mushtaq Ali. The livelihoods of domestic cricketers depend on the four-day game. The operations team has been told to go ahead and make a concrete plan for the Ranji Trophy,” a BCCI official mentioned.
With 38 groups taking part in in Indian domestic cricket, logistics and mobility could possibly be an enormous process. The board had taken verbal suggestions from state associations and lots of wished to host the T20 and 50-over competitions. However, it’s learnt that a couple of gamers requested Shah to host the Ranji Trophy as a substitute of the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
The dithering over junior cricket is because of the bio-bubble scenario because the board feels coping with it will likely be a harder process for that age-group.