The Ranji Trophy, India’s premier domestic First-Class competition, will not start as scheduled on January 13 due to a big surge in Covid-19 cases across the country.
The BCCI also announced the postponement of the Col CK Nayudu Trophy and Senior Women’s T20 League for the 2021-22 season.
“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,” said a statement released by the BCCI.
The first round of the Ranji Trophy was to start in multiple cities on January 13 but it has been put off and the BCCI will deliberate on when to conduct the tournament some time later.
Recently, the West Bengal team reported six Covid-19 cases, including five players, while Mumbai’s Shivam Dube also tested positive and is in isolation.
The Ranji Trophy is scheduled to be held in six cities, including Bengaluru and Kolkata.