BCCI Special General Meeting: BCCI SGM: Board to officially lock in IPL window; Ranji compensation could be discussed; BCCI SGM: IPL date may be announced tomorrow, Ranji compensation will be discussed
The Cricket Board of India (BCCI) may decide to hold the remaining matches of the Indian Premier League suspended in the UAE from September 15 to October 15 in a special general meeting (SGM) to be held online on Saturday. The agenda of the meeting is to ‘discuss the upcoming cricket season in view of the pandemic raging in India’. The broad scope of the agenda also includes members discussing the ICC T20 World Cup and the delayed compensation package for domestic cricketers for the last season of the canceled Ranji Trophy.
BCCBai wants to host the T20 World Cup in India and during the ICC (International Cricket Council) board meeting on June 1, it will review the status of Kovid-19 in India before taking any decision to this global body of sports. Will ask you to wait for BCCI President Saurabh Ganguly is expected to preside over the meeting from Mumbai on Saturday. The IPL is expected to resume between September 18 and 20 and end on October 10.
The UAE will host matches at three venues in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah. A senior BCCI official said a day before the meeting, “Obviously, the main issue will be the schedule of the IPL. We are expecting 10 double-headers (two bouts a day) and seven single headers (one match a day) in addition to four play-off matches (two qualifiers, one eliminator), including the final. The league will start over the weekend and the finals will also be held over the weekend.
There will also be a lot of discussion on other related aspects including taking services of foreign players and bubble-to-bubble transfer (moving from one bio-safe environment to another bio-safe environment). “England Cricket Board Director of Cricket Ashley Giles has already said that players of his country will not be allowed to play IPL as they will follow international commitments before the ICC T20 World Cup,” he said. “Hopefully the president and secretary will let us know how the situation for the England players will be handled,” said a franchise official.
Players like Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes (if fit), Jofra Archer (if fit), Jonny Bairstow, Sam Curran, Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali are players in their national team’s playing XI, so it is easy for franchisees to find their substitutes. Will not done. The Indian team will end its tour of England on 14 September and arrive in the UAE on chartered aircraft from there. The issue of T20 World Cup will also be important in the meeting. Due to the Kovid-19 case in India, it is likely to be in the UAE.
In the event of the IPL matches being held in the UAE, the pitches will be used more, the ICC may demand two out of three grounds for this global competition from the Emirates Cricket Board and the BCCI. Though the board will try to conduct the T20 World Cup in India itself, an official questioned, “When we are unable to do eight teams’ IPL matches in India in September-October, then 16 international teams will make the T20 World Cup in nine cities How will I get it done?
The Indian team had to play a limited-overs series against New Zealand and South Africa before the T20 World Cup, but it would have to be canceled due to the IPL. In this meeting, 700 players have been affected due to the canceled Ranji season due to Kovid-19. In January last year, the BCCI had assured financial help to the players but did not specify the manner.
An official associated with the state unit (Ranji team) said, ‘Only 73 cricketers playing domestic cricket have IPL contracts. Just playing Vijay Hazare and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy will not meet their financial needs. I think the best solution would be to hand over a one-time compensation package to the state units and they will distribute it among their players as per the previous season.
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