Due to the Rise in COVID-19 Cases, BCCI might decide on not hosting any Domestic Cricket

COVID-19 Cases

BCCI (Board of Cricket Control in India) might not host any domestic cricket this season as there is an on-going surge in the cases of the coronavirus. This is, definitely, very disappointing for the many Indian cricket fans. You need to know that almost all Indians are ‘cricket crazy’ and follow matches very passionately.

The curve of the COVID-19 seems to be on a constant rise and thus, it is wise not to plan on any domestic cricket.

Earlier, Saurav Ganguly, who is the President of the BCCI, had promised a domestic season of cricket that was curtailed. As known, India is on the verge of crossing Brazil with the ‘positive’ cases of COVID-19. Brazil is a country with the second-highest number of cases, following the United States. Our country has been creating new records every day with the number of ‘positive’ cases of the coronavirus. BCCI finds it extremely tough to plan on any domestic cricket under these circumstances.

The ‘Times of India’ has reported that the BCCI is holding talks to not host any domestic tournaments like Deodhar Trophy, Ranji Trophy, and Duleep Trophy besides the others. There is no official statement regarding this, till now.

According to the President of the BCCI, Saurav Ganguly, and other sources, it is said that some states are bad but others are worse and there is no stopping to the rise in the COVID-19 cases. Under such circumstances, it is not possible to plan out anything as you do not know what is in store the next day.

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In July, when Saurav Ganguly had written to the state associations on planning the domestic tournaments, this would be beneficial economically for all the involved stakeholders. But this is not possible in the present times.

It is unfeasible to prepare a bio-secure bubble for cricketers that work out more than thousands in numbers. This is for the different tournaments held across the whole country.

SOP’s were also released by the BCCI for resuming domestic cricket and Saurav Ganguly had stated that the tournaments can be held whenever it is safe to do so. At that time, the COVID-19 situation was not all that bad.

Sources also said that there would be a requirement of permissions from the different state governments, the municipalities from the specific city and even if this worked out, there was a requirement of preparing a bio-bubble that was secure for almost 37 of Ranji Teams, 5 of Duleep teams and several other cricket teams. This task was impossible. Besides this, accommodation and travel would be another concern, and putting all this together is absolutely unfeasible.

Indian Premiere League (IPL) which is also considered a ‘domestic’ tournament will be held in UAE. This starts from the 19th of September 2020. This tournament is on a different scale altogether.

The eight teams of the IPL matches will be staying in a bio-secure bubble in UAE all throughout the season. They will be undergoing regular COVID-19 tests so that the infection can be kept at bay.