The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on is reportedly mulling on starting its home season from November 19 this year.
However, the Indian domestic season is expected to go ahead without Vijay Hazare Trophy, Duleep Trophy and the Irani Cup. Instead, the BCCI is planning to start the season with the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament.
The only setback would be the absence of some of the players who are associated with the IPL teams. The players will be missing out from the starting few rounds of the Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament due to the quarantine protocols. But after that, they will be permitted to join their respective sides for the rest of the tournament.
Since the season will already start late, the BCCI is only left with going ahead with only the Mushtaq Ali trophy and Ranji Trophy (December 13- March 10). A total of 245 matches will be played across both the tournaments and among 38 teams.
“This is a tentative list that has been prepared and it has gone for approval of president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah,” a BCCI insider said.
The players returning from the UAE after the IPL will also get enough time to take rest due to the quarantine rules set by the government. After following the mandated self-isolation protocol, only then the players will be permitted to join their respective domestic teams.
“For those whose teams are in play-offs and may reach finals, they will have to miss the first few rounds in that case. But again this is a draft proposal and there could be some tweaks in it,” the official said.