New Delhi: Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) Chief Sourav Ganguly has said that the Indian domestic season will start only when it is safe for young players to travel inside the country for Ranji Trophy matches. Uncertainty about the country's domestic tournaments remains because if the Indian Premier League (IPL) happens in October then the number of matches in the season will have to be reduced.
The domestic season 2020-2021 was to begin with the Vijay Hazare Trophy in late August, while the Ranji Trophy, Dilip Trophy and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy were proposed to be held after that. The Iranian trophy was cancelled due to lockdown last season. When questioned about domestic and junior cricket, Ganguly told "These are necessary, but they can be organized only after the coronavirus is controlled. Only after the situation is safe, especially for junior cricket."
BCCI Chief Ganguly said that "India is a big country and teams have to travel from place to place for matches and hence domestic cricket will not start until everything is safe". Sourav Ganguly further said, "We do not want to take a risk regarding young players. Our country is so big and our domestic cricket is so strong that everybody has to travel to play. So until it is not safe, it will not be organized."