March 22, 2023

BCCI puts domestic season on hold except U-19 Cooch Behar Trophy | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Indian cricket board (BCCI) has put its domestic season on hold due to the sudden wave of Covid-19 infections across the country. On Tuesday, the BCCI apex council had an emergency meeting and decided that all the major tournaments which were due to start next will be put on hold. However, the board has decided to go ahead and finish the U-19 Cooch Behar Trophy which has reached its knockout stages.
The decision means the Ranji Trophy will not start on Jan 13 as it was scheduled. Along with Ranji Trophy, Col CK Nayudu U-25 men’s tournament and senior women’s T20 tournament are going to be pushed back.
“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,” BCCI secretary Jay Shah said in a media release.
“The domestic season has been put on hold for a while for the time being,” a BCCI source told TOI on Tuesday night. “The board is monitoring the Covid situation. The board is in consultation with experts and the government. The severity of the wave is yet to be determined. The board will rework the logistics and try to come up with an environment that will ensure the domestic season is played as much as possible,” the source added.
The board is keen on finishing the U19 tournament. The pre-quarterfinals are already underway in Pune. There are a few teams left and all matches will be played in Pune. Managing them is a much easier proposition. However, it will be interesting if the board can eventually go through with it since several teams have already started to report multiple positive cases.
“There are teams where there are eight-nine players who have already tested positive. 95% of the infected players are asymptomatic. Don’t know how many more will test positive after travel,” the source said.
The Ranji Trophy was cancelled last year. It makes for a huge percentage of the players’ earnings. Indian domestic cricket was back on its feet this season and was moving along smoothly for two months.

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