After a complete 3-months of no action, Professional Cricket is all set to return to the field from 15th June in India. A domestic T10 League named ‘Punjab T10 league’ is all set to roll out from 15th June this month.
This will be the first professional cricket tournament, after the India – South Africa limited overs series back in march, in India. The tournament will be held at 10-10 sports club ground at Bathinda.
A total of 33 matches will be played over 16 days in the six team tournament. The teams are named after the cities of Punjab -Amritsar Alligators, Bathinda Bulls, Firozpur Falcons, Ludhiana Lions, MogaMongoose & Patiala Panthers.
In the tournament, two matches will be played daily for 15 days till finals. And on 16th day i.e. 30th June, three matches will be played in the form of two semi-finals and the final.
Recently, ICC amended code of conduct of players on field – the use of Saliva and the celebrations after taking wicket have been banned by ICC. However, Balwinder Kumar Sharma, the tournament organiser has assured that all the necessary precaution will be taken over the course of tournament. For the first time, Social distancing and the bio-secure environment will be in limelight, in a cricket stadium, in place of the game.
As far as international Cricket is concerned, England vs West Indies in July is set to be the first tournament after CoViD-19 outbreak. The West Indies team have already reached the European Country and will commence a Three Test series after 14 days’ quarantine period.
On the other hand, BCCI is looking to stage IPL 2020 as soon as it gets clearance from the state governments amid the prevailing conditions. The ICC’s decision on World T20 will also have a say in staging IPL 2020 this year.