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Indian domestic season, England series at home on agenda as BCCI apex council set to meet on 17 October

  • Press Trust of India
  • October 9th, 2020
  • 10:58:49 IST

New Delhi: India's home series against England will be up for discussion alongside the scheduling of the upcoming tour of Australia and the domestic season when the BCCI's apex council holds an online meeting on 17 October.

Board president Sourav Ganguly had said that the BCCI will do all it can to ensure that the home series against England remains in the country and domestic tournaments kick off at some point despite the fluid COVID-19 situation.

India's COVID-19 case load is nearing 70 lakh and the death toll has surged beyond 1 lakh.

BCCI representational image. AFP

BCCI representational image. AFP

England are scheduled to tour India next year between January and March for five Tests, three ODIs and three T20 Internationals.

In view of the rising COVID cases in India, the UAE, which is currently hosting the IPL, had emerged as an alternative for the home series against England.

However, in the event India are able to host the England team, Mumbai could be the best option to create a bubble with three international venues— Wankhede Stadium, Cricket Club of India and DY Patil Stadium.

The state-of-the-art infrastructure at the new Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad is also an alternative the Board would like to explore.

As far as the domestic circuit is concerned, the BCCI had initially planned to start it with the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy from 19 November, but there remains doubts due to the situation arising out of the pandemic.

Quite a few factors would have to be taken into consideration before going ahead with plans to start what could be a curtailed domestic season.

Updated Date: October 09, 2020 10:58:49 IST

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