Mumbai Cricket Association’s apex council member Nadim Memon has opined that the BCCI should look at handing over the responsibility to MCA to host the entirety of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. He also added that the city has six quality grounds, which would easily host the competition amidst pandemic.
Amidst the chaos, that is COVID-19, cricketing calendars have flipped upside down, with series being cancelled left-right and center. Indian domestic season is no different, as the various tournaments have been stalled till any improvement in the country. The magnitude of the teams involved in the domestic competition alongside the increased number of COVID-19 cases has put the domestic tournaments under big threat.
However, despite the alarming signs, MCA’s apex council member and former curator, Nadim Memon has opined that Mumbai should be given the responsibility to host the Indian T20 competition, Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, which he admits will give ‘bread and butter’ to the domestic cricketers.
“Mumbai should be given responsibility to organise the Mushtaq Ali Tournament. We can start with BCCI Mushtaq Ali Tournament season 2020 in Mumbai,” he wrote in a letter to BCCI, reported Indian Express.
“Mumbai has six good quality stadiums ground with all facilities and good hotels. All cricketers/officials’ safety will be taken care, as per the BCCI guidelines. Mumbai has organised in February/March 2020 All India Women’s BCCI One Day tournament successfully in 20 days,” he further added.
While IPL is the first of the competitions which have resumed in the BCCI calendar, the scope of the domestic season to go ahead is highly scrutinized. Added to that, Mumbai is one of the highly affected cities in the country, with over one lakh cases in Maharashtra. Hosting the tournament in one of the hotspots would only put BCCI under the melting pot.
“We need to think positive and arrange the tournament for the bread and butter of the upcoming cricketers. Players will (should) not be allowed to go out or meet any outsiders, stay in hotel room with all facilities available. They should go to stadium in a fixed bus. Same thing will be followed with BCCI match officials of the tournament,” he said.