BCCI announces schedule for 2021-22 domestic season; Senior T20, age-group tournaments back in the calendar
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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced the schedule of the domestic tournaments for the upcoming 2021-22 season. The Senior One Day League will begin in September, followed by the Senior One Day Challenger in October and the Senior T20 League in March 2022.
The T20 league, Challenger Trophy and the other age-group tournaments that were called off in the 2020-21 season due to the pandemic are back on the schedule with a packed calendar of domestic season for the women.
The Senior One Day tournament is scheduled to happen from September 21 to October 22, 2021. As many as 37 teams will be divided into four different groups to play a cumulative of 160 matches in 32 days.
The Senior One Day Challenger Trophy will begin almost a week after the completion of the senior one day league on October 27, 2021. The three teams will play four matches on consecutive throughout the tournament.
The Senior T20 League is scheduled to happen between March 19 and April 11, 2021. The 37 teams will be playing 142 games across 24 days.
The Women's U-23 One Day and T20 tournaments are all set to happen between January and March in 2021, and the Women's U-19 Leagues and Challenger Trophy are scheduled to happen - after the senior one-day challenger trophy - between October and December 2021.
In 2020, the senior one-day league and other domestic tournaments we cut off due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement regarding the domestic season has come at a time when the BCCI has moved the men's T20 World Cup, which was supposed to happen in India in September 2021, to the United Arab Emirates due to the ongoing pandemic.
While the schedule has been announced by the BCCI, the details regarding the playing conditions and venues are yet to be confirmed. With the governments across the globe trying to prepare themselves for the third wave of the virus, both the board and the players would be hoping that the situation in India remains under control for the tournaments to happen.