In what can be called as a major announcement, the domestic seasons hit once again due to Covid-19. The BCCI has postponed the Ranji Trophy, Col. CK Nayudu Trophy and senior Women’s T20 League for 2021-22 season. The announcement came amid rising Covid-19 cases in the country. The past week saw a rapid rise of Covid-19 cases in India. And the decision of postponing the domestic tournaments was pretty much on the cards. And once again, BCCI postpones Ranji Trophy due to rising Covid cases.
It is noted that the Ranji Trophy and Col. CK Nayudu Trophy were scheduled to get underway later this month. On the other hand, the senior Women’s T20 League was scheduled to commence in February. However, all these events have now been postponed indefinitely.
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“BCCI does not want to compromise the safety of the players, support staff, match officials and other participants involved and hence, has decided to put the three tournaments on hold till further notice. The BCCI will continue to assess the situation and take a call on the start of the tournaments accordingly.”
“BCCI thanks and continues to appreciate the efforts of the healthcare workers, state associations, players, support staff, match officials and all the service providers who put their best foot forward to host more than 700 matches across 11 tournaments in the current 2021-22 domestic season.”Jay Shah in an official statement
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BCCI postpones Ranji Trophy due to rising Covid cases
It is a big blow for the players also who play only domestic matches. The living of the players are based on these tournaments. Ranji Trophy was cancelled for the first time in 2020-21 season due to the pandemic. And this time also, it got postponed. Fast bowler Jaydev Unadkat shared an emotional tweet after the postponement of the Ranji Trophy.
Recently, the BCCI also started to disburse the match fees to hundreds of domestic players. On January 3, it emerged that six six Bengal players and their coach had tested positive for Covid-19. Mumbai all-rounder Shivam Dube also tested positive for Coronavirus. And even BCCI President Sourav Ganguly tested positive for Coronavirus some days back. So it was probably the right decision by the BCCI to postpone the tournaments for their safety.