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BCCI Open Up On Sudden Suspension Of Age-group Cricket Competitions In India

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) reveals the actual reason for suddenly suspending all the age-group cricket tournaments in India.


The resurgence of cricket has paved way for many significant changes, especially when it comes to ensuring the safety of the players. While international cricket has adapted to the concept of bio-bubble, it becomes imposing to replicate a similar structure in India's domestic cricket, considering its comprehensive nature. This is why  Sourav Ganguly, along with the members of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to suspend age-group cricket tournaments because of the increase in the number of coronavirus cases. 

BCCI forced to suspend age-group cricket competitions

Jay Shah, the secretary of the Indian cricket board, reportedly has informed the concerned authorities regarding the latest development where he has specified that organising cricket matches under such dire circumstances require stringent measures to be implemented, along with creating a bio-bubble.  

According to ANI, Shah has mentioned that while the board was keen on having as many matches as possible, the current scenario has forced them to re-think. As a result, they have suspended all the age-group tournaments in the country in order to ensure the safety of the participants. He has also put emphasis on the 10th and 12th board examinations and has reckoned that young athletes also need to focus on their academic assessments. 

It is worth mentioning that age-group cricket is deemed essential in Indian cricket's ecosystem. Head coach Rahul Dravid has mentored several players in the past in under-19 cricket, who have gone on to become mainstays in the senior team as well. The BCCI along with the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) also made a decision of having the remaining T20 matches behind closed doors after spectators were allowed in the first two games. The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) is set to return to India, but that too is scheduled to be played in empty stadiums. 

IPL 2021 schedule 

India cricket schedule 2021 

  • April to May 2021 - Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) 
  • June to July 2021 - World Test Championship, India vs Sri Lanka (3 ODIs, 5 T20Is), Asia Cup 
  • July 2021 - India vs Zimbabwe (3 ODIs)
  • July to September 2021 - India vs England (5 Tests)
  • October 2021 - India vs South Africa (3 ODIs, 5 T20Is)
  • October to November 2021 - ICC T20 World Cup
  • November to December 2021 - India vs New Zealand (2 Tests, 3 T20Is), India vs South Africa (3 Tests, 3 T20Is)

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