BCCI still considering options for Ranji Trophy | Cricket News

MUMBAI: The news of the start of this year’s IPL in the last week of March has raised fears that the BCCI is canceling the Ranji Trophy for the second year in a row. However, much to the relief of hundreds of first-class cricketers, umpires and the scorers, TOI can confirm that the board is still considering options to keep the competition phase of the traditional tournament before the IPL and play the knockouts later.
A senior BCCI official with whom this newspaper spoke said the board is “doing its best” to organize the Ranji trophy this season. “If the covid situation remains under control, we are excited, hopeful and doing our best to organize the Ranji Trophy. For example, if we start with the Ranji trophy on February 10, we can complete the competition phase in a month, well before the IPL. The knockouts can be played after the IPL. We are thinking of two options: either go back to the zonal format, to prevent teams from traveling too much, or we stick to the previous formula to play the tournament in neutral bio bubbles, as originally planned,” a top BCCI official told this Saturday to this newspaper.
“The Ranji can even be held in towns and villages where the situation is improving. For example, the number of cases is steadily falling in Mumbai. Dharamshala and Pondicherry could be a good option,” he added.
A state association official said: “Almost all state associations want the Ranji trophy, which could not be held last time due to Covid-19, to be held this time. We will wait another week to see if the number of cases falls during this period,” he said. Perhaps this is why the BCCI has still not released an official statement explaining the cancellation of this year’s Ranji trophy. is announced.
“A major reason why the Ranji trophy should be kept is that the supply line to India’s testing team is being greatly affected. You need immediate replacements for Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara in the test team. If the Ranji trophy is not there, how do the national selectors know who the players are in form in red ball cricket? The BCCI is also concerned about this fact,” said a source.
“If everything else in the country is running — including trains, buses, flights, offices and factories, why not cricket in a bio-bubble? Why so many cricketers rob their livelihood. How long are you not playing the Ranji Trophy due to covid fear? Covid is here to stay,” a state association official complained.
However, there are also people who are skeptical about holding the Ranji trophy at this point. “It will be very risky. Even if a player is infected and ends up in a serious condition, the BCCI will be blamed. Cricket cannot be more important than life. It is better to organize the Ranji trophy after the IPL,” said another board member.
‘Do we train with red or white ball?’
“Dear red ball, please give me another chance. I’ll make you proud, promise!” Saurashtra, left-arm sailor Jaydev Unadkat had tweeted, along with a photo of a test match ball in his hand, on Jan. 5, the day the BCCI decided to postpone the Ranji trophy and all other domestic tournaments due to a covid wave in the country.
The BCCI’s move, while logical given the circumstances, has left India’s domestic cricketers confused and concerned about the whole situation as the Ranji trophy is an important source of both income and opportunity.
“The Ranji is extremely important to the majority of us domestic cricketers. It is their main source of our livelihood. You get Rs 35,000 per day for playing in the Ranji Trophy. If a player plays all season, he can earn anything between Rs 18-20 lakhs. Players have EMIs and many other monthly expenses. This money is crucial to their survival. The other problem is: how do you plan ahead for the rest of the season? At the moment we are confused whether we should practice with the red or white ball,” complained a well-known domestic player.


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