BCCI President Sourav Ganguly said that the Asia Cup to be held in Sri Lanka had been shifted to the UAE. “The Asia Cup will be held in the UAE as it is the only place where it will not rain,” Ganguly told reporters after the board’s apex council meeting in Mumbai. On Wednesday, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) informed the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) that the board would not be in a position to host the upcoming edition of the Asia Cup T20 due to the economic and political crisis in the country.
The development comes after the SLC recently postponed the third edition of the Lanka Premier League (LPL) due to the ongoing crisis. Asia Cup is slated to be held from August 27 to September 11 and will be played in the T20 format.
The BCCI Apex Council on Thursday discussed various options for the 2022-23 season, with Board President Sourav Ganguly announcing that an entire domestic season will take place in 2022-23.
The Board is mulling starting the men’s senior season with the Duleep Trophy, likely to be played from September 8. It is also considering hosting the Irani Cup from October 1-5.
Earlier, the Duleep Trophy used to be contested between five zones on a knockout basis, but later, it became a three-team affair with the top two sides advancing to the final after the round-robin format.
In Irani Cup, the current Ranji Trophy champions take on the Rest of India’s squad. The options to host Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, the Vijay Hazare Trophy and the Ranji Trophy were also discussed.
While the Mushtaq Ali Trophy (T20) could take place from October 11, the Vijay Hazare Trophy (the ODI format) is expected to occur from November 12. The Ranji Trophy could start on December 13, while its knockout matches could be played from February 1.
According to one of the formats discussed during the meeting, there could be four groups of Eight Elite teams and one group of six plate teams in the Ranji Trophy. Thus each team would get to play at least seven matches like earlier times in the Group stage
In order to win Ranji Trophy, a team will need to play a minimum of 10 matches, making the tournament more competitive. Ganguly said the Board would introduce the women’s U-16 category from the upcoming season.