Rajeev Shukla said BCCI wanted to discontinue Duleep Trophy © Getty Images
Rajeev Shukla said BCCI wanted to discontinue Duleep Trophy © Getty Images

It was Sourav Ganguly who noticed Duleep Trophy not being present in India’s domestic calendar for the ongoing season and made the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) include it. Since the episode, there have been confusion as to why the board discontinued the series in the first place. BCCI official Rajeev Shukla has recently clarified about it, saying the decision was taken due to packed schedule. After the dilemma, Duleep Trophy is set to start from September 7 and will have the usual four matches to be played at Kanpur and Lucknow. READ: Duleep Trophy bird’s eye for Suresh Raina

“With Duleep Trophy, there was a bit of confusion because two international tournaments were announced. But the technical committee made it very clear that Duleep Trophy should be there and the UPCA was informed just a week before. In one week’s time, we have made all the arrangements to host it,” Shukla told Cricbuzz about the incident.

Also, Lucknow will be hosting a match after a long span. Talking about it, Shukla said, “We want to provide cricket facilities to people of the entire state… We want to take cricket to every nook and corner of UP. We already have Green Park, a heritage stadium, which has been there for the last 90 years and even has a permanent Test status. Now this Lucknow stadium has been built and we are also planning on building a stadium in the periphery of Delhi, in Ghaziabad.

“The good thing is that talent is in abundance in UP. The only thing was to tap the talent, to promote them, to push them, to provide them with facilities. This is what we have done in the last nine-ten years.”