The only two domestic tournaments that will be played in India, in the coming season are the Ranji Trophy and the Under-19 Vinoo Mankad Trophy. The rest of the will try to escape the pandemic that will continue.
In an effort to see if the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament can be held this year, the BCCI has chosen to do away with the Duleep Trophy, Deodhar Trophy, the Vijay Hazare Trophy, and the CK Nayudu Under-23 tournaments.
Ranji Trophy is expected to go back to its most initial stage for this year alone with teams divided into five areas – North, West, South, East and Central. The first matches will be played within the areas in order to determine a winner, following which the five winners from the area will compete for the final winner in a knockout tournament.
The BCCI, on which operations and logistics are currently being worked on, set out a process of thinking on these lines. More specific issues, such as whether zonal matches are played on a knockout or a league basis, how great concern is hospitality, whether specified times of quarantine teams and players are required.
If Ranji is to be played out in the above manner, similar rules will be implemented at the under-19 tournament, which is the only domestic competition BCCI wishes to host now, other than the Ranji.
“Right now there is only one external possibility that Mushtaq Ali (T20) will be included in the plans. Let’s see how things work.
The Board has agreed that the Ranji Trophy is to be played even though no other tournament has occurred and that it is the only tournament in India – except the Indian Premier League – that guarantees a comparatively higher salary for cricketers and the only one that will be considered is that of the Indian Premier League.
“Cricketers in the country do not earn as they earn from IPL at any other domestic tournament. Ranji is the second biggest competition for payouts. The IPL is played by eight teams, and Ranji played by 38 teams. Players earn between (Rs) 10-12 lakh per or more Ranji season and certain national associations share sponsorship money as well. For many cricketers who earn by playing the game, it is a livelihood source. Of this reason, it is vital that the Ranji Trophy occurs, “says Tracking Development.
There are a total of 38 teams that work with just over 500 players per year at the Ranji Trophy. Duleep Trophy players and Iranian Cup players come to Ranji, but they don’t come close to Ranji ‘s receiving salaries.
“Every player in Covid ‘s time should keep on receiving their fair share of money and respect,” say sources.
As for under-19s, BCCI considers this as the age-group that continues to churn out talent and to consider how players can miss an enormous opportunity when they miss the whole season (and go beyond their age limits).