BCCI To Conduct Tournaments 2021-22 season
In the 2021-22 season, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will host 1054 domestic matches. The BCCI has announced that it will hold 13 tournaments this season, compared to “extremely limited domestic cricket last season due to the spreading Covid 19 pandemic,” according to a memo sent among members of the Apex Council who convened electronically recently.
“It is a massive astroturfing exercise that the BCCI has undertaken and 1054 domestic matches under bio-secure environment will be no mean task,” a BCCI official said adding “It’s a record no cricketing nations can boast of in these times.”
The Apollo Hospitals to create the Covid-proof bio-secure environment
The board has partnered with Apollo Hospitals to build a Covid-proof bio-secure environment for this experiment, which begins on September 28 and is expected to last through April 2 next year.
“The enormity of the task can be gauged from the fact that the bio-secure bubbles will be created in over 25 cities and more than 75 hotels with at least 220 rooms in each city,” the BCCI official said.
“Given the constraints of time because of need to quarantine for six days before the start of a tournament and again before the knockout rounds, a few tournaments like Irani Trophy, Duleep Trophy had to be excluded,” he explained.
The Apex Council
“BCCI’s domestic season is the backbone of Indian cricket. Thousands of players play across various tournaments and age groups. Domestic cricket is the nurturing ground for producing world-class players for the Indian team,” the Apex Council note says.
“The BCCI was able to organize a very limited amount of domestic cricket in the last season due to the raging Covid 19 pandemic. The pandemic situation has considerably improved in the current season, and the vaccination process is in full swing. India is also opening, and domestic travel is allowed in most parts of the county.
“The BCCI is looking forward to hosting the full domestic season for 2021 – 2022 for both and men and women category. The new season will be similarly played in a biosecure environment like how it was done in the previous years,” the note concludes listing out the tournaments to be conducted.