Indian former cricketer Rahul Dravid said the genuine impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Indian cricket will be felt in October when the domestic season for the nation’s junior and women cricketers start.
Like all state affiliations, which have either uncertainly deferred or dropped their competitions, the NCA, which Dravid heads, is yet to continue activities following the nation lockdown. This has left several domestic cricketers unsure.
“We’ve been lucky so far [that the pandemic started in March towards the end of BCCI’s domestic season], but come October, things might start getting stressful,” Dravid said in a webinar hosted by Deccan Herald.
“A few international tournaments have been canceled and repositioned, and people can always find time and place for that, but once October comes around, that’s when I think it’ll start hitting us more. The next domestic season, for a lot of our young domestic players – juniors, Under-16s, Under-19s, and women cricketers – start in October.
“If we aren’t able to get back to a level of normalcy from then – it could take longer – we’ll see the real impact on our domestic cricket and grassroots cricket. This year is probably more important for someone in his final year of Under-19s than say for someone who is 23-24,” he said.
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The former Indian skipper said the BCCI needs to organize which tournament it needs to have in light of the fact that there isn’t a lot of possibility of a full domestic season this year. He said the schedule can be obliged to have a shortened domestic season, taking into account that the vaccine to the infection can be hoped to be found by the end of 2020.
Dravid had before said that the bio-secure bubble plan that the England Cricket Board is doing probably won’t be conceivable in numerous nations.