BCCI SGM: Board, IPL and domestic players to decide on T20 World Cup venue

BCCI SGM: Board, IPL and domestic players to decide on T20 World Cup venue

Sourav Ganguly-led Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will lock in a three-week window between September 15 and October 15 for the resumption of the Indian Premier League in the UAE, when it holds a Special General Meeting (SGM) virtually on Saturday.

The wider scope of the agenda permits the members to also discuss the ICC T20 World Cup and the much-delayed compensation package for domestic cricketers for the cancelled last Ranji Trophy season.

The IPL is expected to restart between September 18 and 20 and end on October 10 with three venues in the UAE, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah hosting the matches.

A BCCI official told PTI, “The main issue would be the IPL schedule. We are expecting 10 double-headers and seven single headers apart from four play-off games (2 qualifiers, one eliminator) including the final.”

The Indian team’s commitments in England end on September 14 with the last day of the final Test in Manchester and it would directly fly to Dubai aboard a charter flight after the series ends. Only Hanuma Vihari and Abhimanyu Easwaran are expected to go home as they don’t have IPL contracts for the time being.

BCCI also wants to host the T20 World Cup in India and during the June 1 ICC Board meet, it would ask the global body to wait on the Covid-19 situation here before any call is taken.

Close to 700 senior domestic cricketers (men) have suffered after the cancellation of the Ranji Trophy last season due to the pandemic.While BCCI had agreed to a compensation package in January last year, but the formula to distribute the package is yet to be worked out.