BCCI announces details for 2021-22 domestic season, to feature over 2k matches
The Indian domestic cricket calendar has taken a hit amidst the prevailing pandemic. Meanwhile, it is all set to resume on a full scale this season, as the Board of Control for Cricket in India has announced the exact details.
In what comes as positive news for Indian cricket, the domestic season is all set to resume on a full scale this year. The calendar was heavily affected over the past year following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic that marred most of 2020.
Meanwhile, the Board of Control for Cricket in India has announced the details regarding the same. The domestic season would comprise both men's and women's matches, with around 2,127 games to be played, starting September 21.
"The season will commence on September 21, 2021, with the Senior Women's One Day League and will be followed by the Senior Women's One Day Challenger Trophy, which will take place from October 27, 2021. The Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy will kickstart on October 20, 2021, with the final to be played on November 12, 2021," said BCCI in a release.
"The coveted Ranji Trophy, which was cancelled last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be played in a three-month window from November 16, 2021, to February 19, 2022. The Vijay Hazare Trophy will take place from February 23, 2022, to March 26, 2022. The BCCI is confident of hosting the domestic season with health and safety of players and all people involved being paramount," it added.
In the meantime, it is unclear whether the Women's T20 Challenge would be happening this season. Generally, the three-team tournament is held during the final week of the Indian Premier League. While the currently-suspended IPL 2021 would be held in the United Arab Emirates between September-October, the timing of the women's domestic tournaments cast doubt on the Women's T20 Challenge for the season.
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