IPL should be prioritised, Vijay Hazare, Duleep and Deodhar Trophy can be scrapped: Wasim Jaffer


Former India opener and domestic stalwart Wasim Jaffer feels Vijay Hazare, Duleep and Deodhar Trophy should be scrapped this season in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and instead that time should be used to conduct a full-fledged Ranji Trophy and Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 competition.

Jaffer wants a rejigged domestic season to ensure that the players get enough breaks and are not rushed into tournaments.

The domestic season is expected to start in August but with the coronavirus cases rising rapidly in the country, the BCCI has so far adopted a wait and watch policy on resumption of activities.

“As and when the season commences, whenever cricket starts, the priority is to have the IPL first. The BCCI can look to start with the IPL as the first tournament,” Jaffer told PTI on Monday in a free-wheeling chat.

The BCCI has zeroed in on a September-October window for the IPL but that that is sujbect to the fate of Asia Cup and T20 World Cup, which are scheduled in the same window.

“Once the IPL finishes, the BCCI can look to start the domestic season with the Irani Trophy (Cup) as Saurashtra deserves to play it as they are first-time champions.

“Then we can start the Ranji Trophy. And before the (IPL) auction,…

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