The BCCI does not even really feel the necessity to at the moment have a look at a back-up abroad venue for internet hosting the following IPL with the COVID-19 state of affairs bettering in India, its treasurer Arun Singh Dhumal stated on Saturday. Dhumal, who can be on the IPL Governing Council, instructed PTI that the board is assured that it will be capable to host the 2021 version of the profitable league at house not like the earlier version, which was held within the UAE because of the pandemic. He additionally spoke on getting the crowds again to stadiums partially, the BCCI’s transfer to not go forward with Ranji Trophy this season, India’s triumph in Australia, COVID-19 vaccination for gamers and ladies’s cricket.
“We are working on having the IPL in India and we are hopeful that we would be able to organise it. We are not even thinking of a back up also at this point in time, we are wanting to do it here.
“India might be safer than UAE at this level. Hopefully, the state of affairs stays steady and preserve bettering and we can have it right here,” said Dhumal.
The UAE is experiencing a spike in COVID-19 cases while there has been a sharp decline in India. The seven-day average caseload in the UAE has gone up to 3743, up from 770 when the IPL 2020 began on September 19. India, much bigger in size and population, were recording 90000 cases a day in September, but the numbers have now come down to below 15000.
After the boards of both countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during last year’s IPL, the Arab nation was seen as a back-up option to host the world’s premier T20 event this season too.
The BCCI also had to take a tough call on not having Ranji Trophy in the much-delayed ongoing season, deciding, instead, to have the Vijay Hazare Trophy along with the U-19 one-day event and women’s cricket.
“We took suggestions from the gamers, choice committee, state associations. It was felt that 2020 is already gone and quite than having two Ranji occasions in the identical calendar yr, it’s higher to go for white-ball cricket.
“That way we could have something for junior cricket and women considering the importance of of Women’s World Cup and U-19 World Cup next year.
“Rather than having one event, we considered having occasions in numerous classes,” said Dhumal, adding that players will be duly compensated for not getting to play in Ranji Trophy this season.
The resumption of domestic cricket happened with the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, with its final to be played in Ahmedabad on Sunday. With domestic cricket also being played in bio-secure bubbles, the treasurer said it is tough on the organisers as well as players, but that’s the requirement until the cricketers are vaccinated.
“It is hard however at the very least this manner we’re attending to play. We are engaged on getting our gamers vaccinated.
“The government’s directive is that frontline workers and the most vulnerable will be the first to get vaccinated, but we are in touch with the government to get our players vaccinated.”
On the potential for having crowds for the upcoming India-England contest, the primary worldwide collection within the nation amid the pandemic, he stated: “We are reviewing the situation on a regular basis. We want the roar to be back in the stadiums but we have to work in tandem with the state and cental government.
“We are very eager to have the crowds again. Surely, it will not be 100 p.c capability given the challenges, however we’re wherever between 25-50 p.c.”
However, at least for the first two Tests in Chennai from February 5, there will be no crowd, the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) has confirmed. The BCCI had approached its counterparts in Sri Lanka and South Africa for a bilateral series next month to resume international cricket for its women’s team but due to the COVID-19 situation in those countries, it is unlikely to happen.
The women last played an international event in March 2020.
“We are eager that ladies’s cricket thrives. We have been eager to conduct some bilateral collection additionally nevertheless it fizzled out as a result of the COVID state of affairs isn’t secure in these nations. At the primary accessible alternative, we are going to conduct it.”
Dhumal also lauded the Indian men’s team for its stellar showing in Australia and said the debate over Ajinkya Rahane replacing Virat Kohli as Test skipper, following the triumph, was needless. “It turned out be a historic collection not just for Indian cricket however for world cricket. It confirmed the power in addition to the bench power of this workforce.
“The speculation which started in Virat’s absence was unfair and unfortunate. We should dedicate this win to Virat and M S Dhoni for the kind of leadership they have provided over the years.
“In truth, coach Ravi Shastri has additionally been unbelievable. He too will get the flak so usually from followers which is unfair. It is a workforce, not a person effort. Lastly, credit score must also go to Rahane for the way in which he led the workforce after the loss at Adelaide,” added Dhumal.
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