BCCI President Sourav Ganguly to reach Mumbai on Friday night for Special General Meeting

The focus of the Special General Meeting (SGM) would be the planning for the T20 World Cup, the completion of the 14th edition of the IPL and the payment process for domestic cricketers.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President and Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly will reach Mumbai on Friday night for the critical virtual Special General Meeting on Saturday.

The major agendas of focus will be the planning for the T20 World Cup later in the year, the resumption of the 14th edition of the IPL, and the payment process for domestic cricketers.

Speaking to ANI, sources in the know of developments confirmed that the former India skipper will be reaching Mumbai on Friday night. “While it is a virtual meeting, we will still have to have a base and that is Mumbai. Sourav is coming tonight,” the source said.

While the upcoming T20 World Cup was always going to be the major point of discussion, the BCCI’s plan to restart the suspended Indian Premier League (IPL) will also be discussed with the state associations as it is set to face quite some challenges with an eye on the COVID-19 situation.

“With the ICC meeting on June 1, tomorrow’s SGM will obviously hold importance as we need to discuss the way forward and the measures that need to be taken with an eye on the T20 World Cup set to be held in India in October-November as per the plan drawn. The COVID-19 scenario and the contingency plans are set to be discussed with the state associations in detail.

“Similarly, now that we are also looking at the September 15 to October 15 window for the resumption of IPL, we would also need to discuss the logistics in detail as also any other challenge that needs to be given attention. The completion of the IPL will also work as a good preparation ground for the players with the T20 World Cup set to be played,” the source pointed.

In its last Apex Council meeting, the BCCI had picked nine venues for the T20 World Cup — Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Dharamsala, Ahmedabad, and Lucknow.

The state associations had been told to keep preparations on for the event with an eye on the coronavirus pandemic. “The nine venues have been informed and it was again discussed that preparations should continue for the showpiece event with an eye on the COVID-19 situation and a call will only be taken closer to the event. It is too early to imagine what can or will happen in October-November with regards to the coronavirus situation. But preparations shall be on,” a BCCI source from the meeting had said.

All that will need a re-look now with an eye on the current COVID-19 situation. Another important area will be the decision on the payment of domestic players as there is still some confusion on how it needs to be worked out.

“There is no doubt that the domestic players need to be paid their dues as also a compensation plan needs to be worked upon as we have faced issues with hosting tournaments due to COVID-19. Sitting together and working things out always helps and with state associations a part of the meeting tomorrow, we should get a clear picture on the issue,” the source explained.

The final say on India’s chances of hosting the World marquee event will be taken at the Executive Board meeting of the International Cricket Council (ICC) on June 1 said a Cricbuzz report on May 21.

Former Australian batsman and Chennai Super Kings batting coach Michael Hussey was tested positive for COVID-19 amid IPL 2021 suspension. Hussey stated that it will be difficult for India to host a World event. According to Hussey, cricket boards might be nervous about traveling to India.

New Zealand and Sun Risers Hyderabad captain Kane Williamson have said that the right decisions were made which was to suspend IPL 2021 midway.

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