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BCCI blueprint for home season: Mushtaq Ali tournament from December 20, Ranji trophy from January 11

Desperate to organize domestic cricket, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has sought the advice of the state associations on the structure of limited-match sessions. The BCCI plans to create six biologically safe sites across the country from December to March to host the domestic session.

In a letter to the state associations, the board has given four options for holding domestic matches, with the first option being the Ranji Trophy. The other option is to organize only Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament. The third option will feature a combination of Ranji Trophy and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy while the fourth option is to prepare the window for two limited-overs tournaments (Syed Mushtaq Ali and Vijay Hazare Trophy).

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According to the letter, the BCCI has also spoken on the possible timing of the tournament. 67 days have been proposed for Ranji Trophy (11 January to 18 March). The copy of this letter is also with PTI. Mushtaq Ali Trophy will require 22 days (20 December to 10 January) for the event while if Vijay Hazare Trophy is held it can be held in 28 days from 11 January to 7 February.

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The BCCI will create a biologically safe environment at six locations for the domestic tournament of 38 teams. The letter stated, ’38 teams will be divided into five elite groups and one plate group. The elite group will have six teams while the plate group will have eight teams.

Each biologically safe environment will have three venues and matches will be digitally broadcast. The board recently organized the Indian Premier League in a biologically safe environment in the UAE, and chairman Sourav Ganguly insisted that the home season, usually held in August, could also be started.

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