Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2020-21: Ahmedabad will host final

The Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad will have the knockout stage and the last of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

The Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad will have the knockout stage and the last of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

In a letter to the State bodies on Thursday which Sportstar has gotten to, BCCI secretary Jay Shah has expressed that the gathering phase of the competition – which starts on January 10, one year from now – will be played across six settings – Mumbai, Kolkata, Vadodara, Chennai, Bengaluru and Indore.

While Chennai will have the plate groups, Bengaluru will have Elite ‘A’ groups, while Kolkata will have the Elite ‘B’ bunch groups. The other three scenes – Vadodara, Indore and Mumbai – will have the Elite ‘C’, ‘D’, ‘E ‘groups separately.

While the plate bunch has eight groups, the tip top gatherings have been separated with six groups in every classification.

The teams will enter their individual air pockets on January 2 and before the competition starts, they will go through three COVID tests.

With the gathering stage getting over on January 19, the certified groups will venture out to Ahmedabad the following day, where there will be further tests before the groups enter the air pocket.

This will be the first-ever tournament at the Motera since the time its redesign. The arena will have a few Tests and five T20Is against in February-March and before that this competition will give the Board and the Gujarat Cricket Association a reasonable thought regarding where things stand. While the way toward setting up the wickets have just started, the GCA authorities are certain of getting everything set up.

While there were introductory questions over Mumbai being the setting as the Maharashtra government is yet to give authorization. However, at that point the BCCI and the associated unit are sure that the city will have the option to have the gathering group matches.

Authorities from the State affiliations this distribution addressed affirmed that the endeavors of setting up the bio-bubble have just begun. “We are in regular coordination with the Board and the medical units and are following all the instructions. We will ensure things fall in place,” a State affiliation boss stated, despite the fact that he conceded that it was a test of skill and endurance.

The majority of the groups have just begun their preliminary camps, while the others are going to begin it in a day or two. “We have started the camp keeping all the safety protocols in mind. The tests are being done regularly and all the government norms are being followed,” Saurashtra Cricket Association boss Jaydev Shah said. The shielding champion Saurashtra began its camp a couple of days prior in Rajkot.