Mohammad Azharuddin in BCCI's working panel, to oversee 2021-22 domestic season
Mohammad Azharuddin is a former Indian skipper, currently the Hyderabad Cricket Association president. Meanwhile, ahead of the 2021-22 domestic season, he has been included in a seven-member BCCI panel to oversee the tournaments.
In what comes as a surprise, former Indian skipper Mohammad Azharuddin has been roped into a seven-member working panel by the Board of Control for Cricket in India. Along with the other committee members, he would be overseeing the upcoming 2021-22 domestic season.
Along with Azharuddin, the other members include Jaydev Shah, Rohan Jaitley, Yudhvir Singh, Devajit Saikia, Avishek Dalmiya and Santosh Menon. Meanwhile, the foremost task of the panel members would be to decide the compensation package of the domestic cricketers for the 2020-21 season, trimmed due to the pandemic, reports ESPNCricinfo.
Owing to the rising cases in India, the domestic tournaments could not be staged on a full scale in India last season, while the conduction of the lucrative Indian Premier League 2020 in the United Arab Emirates left a relatively more minor window for the domestic season. Also, the entire women's domestic season had to be called off.
Failure to conduct the Ranji Trophy took a hard toll on some domestic players, as the tournament happened to be their primary source of income. As a result, a few players who were without governments jobs had to consider other options. While generally, a domestic player earns between ₹12-14 lakh every season, it decreased to ₹3-4 lakh for the last season.
Nevertheless, the Indian domestic season is scheduled to return to its full-scale mode from the upcoming season, with 2,127 matches to be played across genders. Meanwhile, the panel members would ensure the feasibility of bubbles for the domestic sides throughout the nation. At the same time, they would also be responsible for finalising the logistics and venues for the season's tournaments.
"We will create bio-bubbles. We created bubbles for Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy last time. We will have to do the same. Without the bubble, cricket cannot happen even for this season," Sourav Ganguly (BCCI President) was quoted as saying.
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