Pondicherry offers to host domestic cricket fixtures in bio-bubble

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Puducherry: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) struggles with a serious problem of starting with domestic cricket due to the COVID-19 pandemic in India. Meanwhile, the Cricket Association of Pondicherry (CAP) has offered to host teams from two zones in a secured bio-bubble.

CAP is ready to supply the BCCI with six first-class grounds, which are newly-developed and progressed, with teams to be lodged in four-star hotels. “We can offer six beautiful grounds which can stage first-class cricket for this season. All the grounds are ready and (we) can house two zonal teams in 4-star hotels for four to five months. We can provide the sort of bio-secure environment which UAE did for IPL,” a top CAP official was quoted as saying to TOI on Wednesday (September 23).

The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 has been shifted to the UAE, due to the uprising coronavirus cases in India. “We can assure that there won’t be any hassles in smoothly hosting first-class matches in Pondicherry,” the official further added.

Reportedly, CAP has already offered this to BCCI president Sourav Ganguly. After, new teams being added in domestic cricket from North-East couple of years ago following a Supreme Court order, there are now 38 teams in domestic cricket. This means that the board needs many grounds to conduct first-class cricket.

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