IPL 2021: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has received an unprecedented amount of flak from social media and from the domestic cricketers recently for putting the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) ahead of the domestic tournaments.
Responding to the criticism received in past months, BCCI secretary Jay Shah said that it is nowhere near to compare a 60 matches tournament with 2000 domestic matches.
The board failed to conduct the Ranji Trophy and Junior Cricket last year due to the complications posed by the covid 19 pandemic.
Overcoming the fears, BCCI hosted Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Vijay Hazare Trophy and Women’s One Day International at the starting of this year by taking all the precautions.
“I feel the criticism is unwarranted and unfair. In 2020 as well, in the middle of the pandemic, we conducted Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament, Vijay Hazare tournament and Senior Women’s One-day tournament taking all precautions,” he said.
Mr Shah further added that the franchise model IPL is far different from the domestic matches.
“It won’t be a fair assessment if IPL is compared with other Indian domestic tournaments. The IPL has a franchise model and a platform for the world’s best cricketers, coaches, support staff to come and showcase their skills.
The board cancelled the 2020’s Ranji Trophy which affected the lifestyle of various domestic cricketers.
Shah also mentioned that the board scheduled a couple of domestic tournaments once the situations had started favouring them and it was a challenge for them also.
The domestic tournaments consist of various states participating at the same time and with different states having their own complications due to covid, it became almost impossible to hold the tournament during the dire times.
“The Indian domestic season has over 2000 games, whereas the IPL has 60 matches. With a cricketing set-up as big and as diverse as India’s, it is not easy to conduct a full season when so many states are grappling with COVID caseloads. However, with the situation improving, we have announced a full season comprising 2127 domestic games across age groups for both men and women,” he added.
With all the situations falling in place, the Indian cricket board announced a complete domestic schedule for 2021-22.
The season will kick off in October and will stretch until April next year.
IPL 2021: BCCI centered by criticism for organising IPL, not domestic tournaments.