On Tuesday, the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry postponed the Ranji Cup for this season in light of the increase in Covid cases. After the cancellation of last season's championship, the postponement would cast doubt on the prospects for the Major National Division One competition even for the 2021-22 season. The Ranji Cup was scheduled to start on January 13. But the Cricket Board has prioritized the health of players, enlisting the support of India's Chardol Thakur and government federation officials to make the decision.
After the seven-wicket run at Wanderers, when Chardol attended the press conference later that day, he was asked about the postponement of the Ranji Cup and how it would affect the national cricketers. “I’m sorry for them. But you also have to look at the COVID scenario in the country. With the increase in cases and we have many local teams playing, it is easier to manage all the teams and keep track of each team. So “I think whatever the board of directors will take at this point should To be the right decision. "That's why they made the decision," Chardol, a national cricket fan, told reporters.
Besides the Ranji Cup, the Colonel CK Nayudu Cup and the T20 Women's Senior League have also been suspended, as BCCI stated in its press release: “The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Tuesday. The postponement of the Ranji Cup, Colonel CK Nayudu Cup, and League Women's T20 for the 2021-22 season in light of the increase in COVID-19 cases in the country.
"The Ranji Cup and Kol CK Nayudu Cup were scheduled to start this month, while the Senior Women's T20 League was scheduled to start in February."
The statement addressed health concerns and stated in the statement: “The Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry does not wish to compromise the safety of players, support staff, match officials and other participants, and has therefore decided to suspend all three tournaments until further notice. The Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry will continue to assess the situation and accordingly, will be Decided on the start of the tournament.
Virus on the loose
The decision comes in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak in the Bengal Rangi team, with several players testing positive. A few days ago, the head of the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Sourav Ganguly, was hospitalized as a precaution after he tested positive for the virus. Ganguly is currently in home isolation. On Tuesday, Bengal Cricket Association president Avishek Dalmiya was hospitalized as a "precautionary measure" after contracting Covid-19. It is said to be stable. Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) President Jaydev Shah has stated that one of the players from the Ranji team has tested positive for him "after returning from the IPL test".
The massive increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in India and globally has coincided with the spread of the Omicron version of the virus. Shah supported the BCCI's decision to postpone.
I think the decision taken by (Secretary of Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry) Jay Bhai (Shah) and President Sourav Ganguly is a very good one. Health is the most important part of life and cricket and money come next. He told the Indian Express that many more cases of Covid are coming and this is the time to do so.
“BCCI has already held many tournaments and I think when the COVID situation improves, the Ranji Cup will be the number one priority. Even in the event of a pandemic, a lot of cricket has been played this season; IPL, U19, T20, and ODI tournaments, women’s cricket.. (But) the Ranji Cup is a great tournament. You can't finish it in 10-15 days.
BCCI changed the format of the Rangi Cup for this season, with elite teams divided into five groups as well as matches in a single board group. Last season, the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry announced the compensation of players as the national championships were canceled due to the forced cancellation by Covid. The board also decided to increase match fees for players of all age groups in men's and women's cricket.
“This year, (if the Ranji Cup is finally canceled), the compensation situation will change. But money is not an important criterion at the moment, health is important,” said the SCA chairman.