There’s a world of distinction between organising 60 Indian Premier League matches and 2000-plus home video games, mentioned BCCI secretary Jay Shah as he rejected “unfair and unwarranted” criticism that the Board priortised the cash-rich occasion over nationwide tournaments just like the Ranji Trophy.
Final 12 months, the blue riband Ranji Trophy in addition to junior cricket weren’t held due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the operational difficulties of making a bio-secure atmosphere for 1000’s of gamers and assist employees.
Whereas gamers misplaced out on vital earnings, the BCCI copped quite a lot of flak for an excessive amount of concentrate on the cash-rich league.
“I really feel the criticism is unwarranted and unfair. In 2020 as nicely, in the midst of the pandemic, we carried out Syed Mushtaq Ali event, Vijay Hazare event and Senior Ladies’s One-day event taking all precautions,” Shah, who was in Muscat and Dubai, to supervise T20 World Cup and IPL preparations, was quoted as saying by “Gulf Information”.
Shah mentioned the variety of matches and required logistics between two tournaments are incomparable.
“It received’t be a good evaluation if IPL is in contrast with different Indian home tournaments. The IPL has a franchise mannequin and a platform for the world’s finest cricketers, coaches, assist employees to return and showcase their abilities.
“The Indian home season has over 2000 video games, whereas the IPL has 60 matches. With a cricketing set-up as massive and as various as India’s, it’s not simple to conduct a full season when so many states are grappling with COVID caseloads,” Shah defined.
In case of IPL, it’s all the time been a seven-week affair whereas a complete home season with males, girls’s and age-group cricket takes round six months to be accomplished with 38 groups in fray.
“You additionally must issue within the time taken to have a complete home season and the journey that’s included. They’re placing their lives in danger, which ought to by no means be the case. It’s not perfect to have age-group tournaments in such an atmosphere and put careers of younger cricketers in danger,” Shah reasoned about not having any U-19 or U-16 tournaments final 12 months.
“Nonetheless, with the scenario enhancing, we’ve got introduced a full season comprising 2127 home video games throughout age teams for each women and men,” he mentioned.
The BCCI has not too long ago printed the dates of the complete home season that begins in September this 12 months and ends in April subsequent 12 months.