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Ranji Trophy to be held in two phases: BCCI secretary Jay Shah | Cricket Information

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MUMBAI: In an announcement which might come as huge reduction for a whole lot of home cricket, umpires and scorers, BCCI secretary Jay Shah on Friday said that the Board will maintain the 2021-22 version of the Ranji Trophy, initially postponed on account of a surge in covid instances within the nation, in two phases — the league section earlier than the IPL, and the knockouts submit the glitzy T20 league.
“The Board has determined to conduct the Ranji Trophy this season in two phases. Within the first section, we plan to finish all matches of the league stage whereas the knockouts might be held in June,” Shah said.
“My crew is working carefully to mitigate any type of well being threat attributable to the pandemic, whereas on the similar time guaranteeing a extremely aggressive red-ball cricket contest. The Ranji Trophy is our most prestigious home competitors, which has been offering Indian cricket with an enviable expertise pool yearly. It’s completely essential that we take all mandatory steps to safeguard the curiosity of this premier occasion,” he mentioned within the assertion.
TOI had reported on January 23 that the Board was mulling choices to carry the league section of the Ranji Trophy earlier than the IPL, and play the knockouts later.
Whereas the BCCI has not come out with the revised schedule of the match, a supply instructed this paper that the forthcoming version of the Ranji Trophy is more likely to begin from February 20. “There might be eight teams of 4 groups every. Every crew will get three video games to play within the league section. This manner, the league stage might be over in round 15 days, and the gamers might be out there for this franchises from mid-March for camps and quarantine,” revealed the supply.
On Friday, former India head coach Ravi Shastri had mentioned on social media that the Ranji Trophy is the spine of Indian cricket and the premier home red-ball match shouldn’t be ignored. “The Ranji Trophy is the spine of Indian cricket. The second you begin ignoring it, our cricket might be SPINELESS,” tweeted Shastri.
On January 4, the BCCI had postponed the Ranji Trophy on account of rising COVID-19 instances within the nation. The Ranji Trophy and Col CK Nayudu Trophy had been scheduled to start in January this 12 months. The Ranji Trophy was not held final season as nicely because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal on Thursday had instructed PTI that the board supposed to carry the Ranji Trophy 2021-22 in two phases in a reworked plan.

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