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Pandemic takes its toll on cricket; no Ranji Trophy for the first time in 87 years

NEW DELHI: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced to cancel its premier first-class domestic tournament- Ranji Trophy for the first time in 87 years due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Keeping in view of COVID-19, the two-phased Ranji Trophy in times of the COVID-19 pandemic wasn’t feasible.

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The BCCI will also host the U-19 National One Day tournament for the Vinoo Mankad Trophy and the Women’s national 50-over tournament as per a letter sent by BCCI secretary Jay Shah to the state units.

While BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Shah were keen to have the blue riband tournament that pays the maximum match fee ( ₹1.5 lakh per game approx) for the players, it is understood that a two-month long bio-bubble even for a truncated two-phased Ranji Trophy in times of the COVID-19 pandemic wasn’t feasible.

It is understood that BCCI will probably follow the same groupings and bio-bubble for the Hazare Trophy that will start next month.
Shah in his letter spoke about how difficult it was to plan out the domestic calendar for the season in the post COVID world.

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