Following a sudden spike in Covid-19 cases yet again, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has postponed the domestic cricket season in the country.
An announcement made by the council on Tuesday put on hold the 2021-22 Women’s Senior T20 Trophy which was scheduled to commence in February along with Ranji Trophy which was to start next Thursday and Col C K Nayudu Trophy a day after Ranji. However, the ongoing U-19 Cooch Behar Trophy knockouts in Pune are likely to be continued with just a handful of matches remaining.
In the release announcing the postponement, BCCI secretary Jay Shah said, “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,”
JUST IN: Due to rising COVID cases in the country, Senior Women’s T20 league has been postponed by the BCCI. #COVID19
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Further, Shah expressed his gratitude towards those involved in organizing domestic tournaments smoothly as well as the players for their cooperation. He said,
“BCCI thanks and continues to appreciate the efforts of the healthcare workers, state associations, players, support staff, match officials, and all the service providers who put their best foot forward to host more than 700 matches across 11 tournaments in the current 2021-22 domestic season,”
Earlier in the day, Cricket Australia announced the postponement of two matches of its 50-over domestic competition, the Women National Cricket League (WNCL). The matches were to be played between Tasmania and Western Australia on Jan 7th and 9th respectively but the border restrictions between the two states forced the organizers to shift them to March and further shift the Finals originally scheduled for March 6.
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