The global pandemic novel coronavirus has brought the world into a standstill. This has postponed or cancelled every sport events across the globe, including domestic series. However, the BCCI has no back-up plan for the 2020-21 domestic season yet, which is due to start in August, but Saba Karim said the priority will be to organise as many games as possible after the situation gets better.
"There are no concrete back up plans as such. There is still time for August. We are taking month by month," Karim, who is BCCI general manager - cricket operations - told PTI.
Notably, the 2019-20 season started with the Duleep Trophy in August and ended with the Ranji Trophy final last month. However, the Irani Cup, which was to start four days after the Ranji Trophy final, was cancelled indefinitely due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The IPL has also been postponed for the indefinite time period and there is a possibility that it might take place in September. While he was asked about a possible clash between IPL and the domestic season, he said: "It is difficult to talk about it at this stage. It all depends on how soon we overcome this situation. At this stage, it is more important to be safe and secure. I am sure gradually things will open up. So we are positive.”
"We will try to make the best out of the circumstances. Whatever window is available, we will try to incorporate as many matches as possible," said Karim.
Last season, the BCCI hosted nearly 2035 games across age groups in men's and women's category.
"The thought has crossed my mind (about rejig of the season) and we are extremely flexible. Otherwise, also, we need to be flexible due to the fickle weather conditions. It looks, this year is going to be different. We need to be vigilant and flexible for any changes that are required. Whatever changes we bring in, it will be for the benefit of our players and state associations," he added.
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