BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal has announced that the board intends to hold the Ranji Trophy 2022 in “two phases” after they were forced to postpone the premiere first-class competition due to rising cases of COVID-19 in the country.
The third wave of Covid-19 fueled by the Omicron variant of the virus led to the indefinite postponement of not only the 38-first-class teams Ranji Trophy tournament but other tournaments such as the Col. CK Nayudu Trophy and the Women’s senior Challenger Trophy was also postponed keeping the safety of the players in the mind.
With the new season of the IPL set to begin on March 27th, the committee had to plan closely in order to prevent the clashing of both events.
In order to keep the youngsters active, a more viable solution was to hold the first phase between February and March, a break for the IPL where the players can hone their skills, and once the tournament is over, hold the second phase of the Ranji season.
The pandemic played spoilsport last season as the BCCI only had the two men’s white-ball tourneys (Vijay Hazare Trophy and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy). The board paid 50 percent of the earlier match fees as compensation to all first-class cricketers who have endured financial losses.