COVID-19 across the country forced the BCCI officials and state officials to postpone India’s premier first-class cricket competition. PTI reported that BCCI’s treasurer Arun Dhumal stated that BCCI might hold the Ranji Trophy in two phases this season.
The Ranji Trophy was supposed to start on January 13 but the scheduled series got postponed as the first-class competition which involves 38 first-class teams had a huge risk of the spread of COVID-19 as the third wave of the virus was at its peak and was spreading across the country.
BCCI is already scheduled with the Indian Premier League which is likely to begin from March 27 but the state cricket administrative demanded for Ranji Trophy to begin. It would be practically impossible to hold two big tournaments together, hence the meeting of BCCI officials concluded with Ranji Trophy to be held in two parts.
According to PTI the meeting involved President of BCCI Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah along with the members of BCCI. Post-meeting Dhumal stated to PTI that the COVID-19 cases happen to decrease across India and the players and everyone involved in Ranji Trophy can expect the first-class competition to start soon but with IPL approaching near, Ranji Trophy might have to get divided into two phases with the league stage starting soon.
BCCI plans to begin with The Ranji Trophy in February which can continue till March and the next phase in June-July. The monsoon season in some parts of the country might hold an issue in the second phase. Some parts of the country experience peak of the summer season.
BCCI has paid 50 percent of the match fees as compensation to all the first-class cricketers who experience financial losses. BCCI might also struggle to choose the India A team which preferably selects Ranji performers.