Recent issue of polluted smog in the north part of India especially the capital city has raised many concerns over the last few matches of India’s biggest domestic tournament Ranji Trophy. Many matches in Delhi has got affected in recent past.
And because of this issue, the End phase of the Ranji Trophy which includes the all important knockout games including quarter finals, semi finals and finals has been rescheduled and delayed about 5 to 6 days from their preliminary dates.
The quarter finals were about to kick start from next month’s 17th but now has been delayed by a week and will start from 24th of December. As far as semi finals are concerned, they are rescheduled from December 27 to January 3. Both quarters and semis has got a 7 days delay because of this smog factor.
All important big final will be played on January 12 instead of January 7 meaning a delay of 5 days was caused to the biggest match of the tournament. The matches which are affected by smog which happens to be group stage matches will take place before the knockouts. Because BCCI wants to give fair chance to all the teams despite smog issues.
The Irani cup has also been affected because of these delays. Now it will be played from January 22 to 26. This cup is played between the Ranji Trophy winners and Rest of India (ROI) in which the best elevens of other Ranji teams take part.
There were two matches cancelled in the group stages first one was a Group A clash between Gujarat and Bengal and the other Group C fixture between Hyderabad and Tripura. Both matches will now take place on December 15 at Visakhapatnam and Kolkata respectively.
Last round group stage matches in Delhi are now going to be played outside the capital. The Group B fixture between Assam and Odisha will be played in Hyderabad and Hyderabad versus Services match has been shifted to Mumbai. It is a nice decision from BCCI to give fair and square chances to all teams to show their metal.