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CHENNAI: Even before the IPL kicks off in the UAE on September 19, the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi may witness the beginning of a T20 tournament.

The Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) on Wednesday received a clearance from the state government to organise the tournament. They have written to BCCI seeking a go-ahead.

If the BCCI permits the event on September 10 to 27, this will be the first authorised cricket tournament in India since the  pandemic.

“We received permission from the Jharkhand government on Wednesday. It will be a six-team affair in the inaugural season. Each team will have 15 players and four in support staff,” According to Sanjay Sahay, JSCA secretary.

Unlike T20 leagues in some other states, the event in Ranchi will not be a franchise-based one.

The organisers will create a bio-secure environment. “All activities at JSCA complex will be stopped. Players and support staff will be allowed after Covid-19 negative tests. They will be housed in the premises and cannot go out till they are in the tournament. We will make arrangements for 120 players and support staff. No outsider will be allowed,” Sahay added.

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