12BET India News: Pondicherry City offers to host domestic cricket leagues in bio-bubble

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Earlier this week, Cricket Association of Pondicherry (CAP) became the first association in India to resume its cricketing activities amidst the Covid-19 pandemic after getting the necessary permission from the government. The Pondicherry Board has also written offer to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCCI) to host domestic cricket leagues in bio-bubble.

CAP has offered to host two zones in bio-secure four-star hotels and provide a safe environment in their six first-class grounds, all of which are newly developed. CAP’s written offer to the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly comes on the back of the Mumbai Cricket Association’s (MCA) offer to conduct the Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament in its entirety as they have “six good-quality grounds” in the city.

“We can offer six first-class grounds for this season. All are ready and can house two zonal teams in 4-star hotels for 4 to 5 months,” a CAP spokesperson said. “All six grounds are at one place, there are two more grounds, which will be completed in the next few months. We have proper infrastructure in place here. Teams will be taken care of. Like UAE we can also have a secure bio-bubble in Pondicherry.”

The MCA, earlier, had declared its readiness to host Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament. MCA has three major grounds – Wankhede stadium, the Brabourne stadium, and DY Patil stadium – and can host games at the Dadoji Kondev Stadium in Thane, the MCA BKC complex in Bandra, and MCA Kandivali ground. There is still no clarity if the BCCI in India plans to conduct the domestic season this year.

Due to the spike of coronavirus cases in India, the BCCI hints cancelling all domestic cricket this season according to reports. BCCI has finally managed to form a plan for the Indian Premier League (IPL). However, the board is unlikely to do the same for the traditional domestic events, prompting the suspension of the entire domestic cricket calendar.

“In certain states, it’s bad. In other states, it’s worse. The numbers are unrelenting. In such a scenario, how does one plan anything over a period of three or four months, when you’re not sure what’s in store tomorrow,” sources told a news portal. “The intent was always there but circumstances haven’t really changed. Ganguly’s letter was a little too early in the day.”

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