BCCI Prez Sourav Ganguly confirms compensation for domestic players in June-July- For the first time in history, BCCI cancelled a Ranji Trophy season amid the rising cases of COVID-19 in India. This had many adverse effects on domestic cricket in India. Many cricketers, umpires and scorers lively hood are depended on the mega tournament. BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has expressed that hostings domestic cricket this year was too big a risk and also confirmed that the junior players, umpires and scorers will get their fees.
As the second wave of COVID-19 severely affects the domestic calendar Ganguly was quoted by Sportstar, “Hopefully, by October, things will settle down. Covid has ruined so much of sport and life. We will compensate all the domestic players in June-July. The junior players, umpires, and scorers will all get their fees.”
Ranji Trophy cancelled for the first time
The BCCI decided not to conduct the Ranji Trophy in 2020-21. This was the first time in 87 years since its inception in 1934-35, that India’s premier first-class cricket national championship was not be held.
Instead of Ranji Trophy, BCCI has decided to conduct the Vijay Hazare Trophy 50-over tournament and Senior Women’s One Day tournament after the completion of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy T20 tournament.
Amid the rising cases of COVID-19 in the country BCCI also suspended junior inter-state tournaments till the end of May.
However, the junior cricket (under-16) and under-23 events had been cancelled. BCCI was hoping to host the U-19 men’s tournament in June-July but it is very unlikely now.
“How can we expose the young boys to this Covid atmosphere? Imagine a 16-year-old away from the home and their parents and staying in hotels for long periods. This virus is so dangerous. We write to the associations. We can’t have direct access to individuals. We keep the players motivated by speaking with them through their associations,” Ganguly said.