BCCI postpones domestic tournaments due to COVID-19 scare

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BCCI has decided to postpone major domestic tournaments including Ranji Trophy and the Col CK Nayudu Trophy for the 2021-22 season due to a surge in COVID-19 cases.

The Ranji Trophy and Col CK Nayudu Trophy were scheduled to begin this month while the Senior Women’s T20 League was scheduled to commence in February but the board is not ready to compromise on the health of the players.

An official statement from the BCCI read, “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.”

BCCI secretary Jay Shah said the tournaments will commence once the situation will improve in the country.

“The Ranji Trophy & Col CK Nayudu Trophy were scheduled to begin this month while the Senior Women’s T20 League was scheduled to commence in February,” BCCI secretary Jay Shah stated in a press release.

“The BCCI will continue to assess the situation and take a call on the start of the tournaments accordingly,” Shah added.

Earlier, the BCCI had also postponed the Under-16 Vijay Merchant Trophy, which was scheduled to begin in January 2022, due to the same reason. This season’s Ranji Trophy was due to begin on January 13 across six venues – Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, and Trivandrum.

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