Due to the rapid rise of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 cases in India, BCCI had to stop Ranji Trophy 2022 season and many big tournaments as well. This has worried cricket fans throughout the country who support their domestic tournaments. Sourav Ganguly, the President of BCCI, has assured everyone that they will do everything possible to resurrect the competition.

In his mail to Presidents of state associations, Ganguly writes, “We had to put the current domestic season on hold owing to the increasing COVID-19 scenario, as you are aware. COVID instances are fast-growing, and several teams have multiple positive cases. It posed an immediate threat to the health and safety of players, officials, and anybody else involved in the tournament’s operation. The BCCI wishes to reassure you that once the COVID situation has been resolved, it would do everything possible to resume the domestic season. We want to hold the remaining competitions for the remainder of the season. The board will contact you with a revised plan as soon as possible. I appreciate your patience and understanding. Please take care of yourself and keep yourself safe and healthy.”

The Omicron cases are gripping the country and in many Tiers 1 cities, the daily rate of infection is highest since the beginning of the pandemic. In such a mayhem of health emergency, sporting events have to find their way and at the same time, comply with state regulations.

The BCCI members met in Ahmedabad on Tuesday and decided to postpone the Ranji Trophy 2022 season. As of Tuesday, Mumbai, one of the Ranji Trophy’s host cities, has registered 37,000 new cases, prompting the Maharashtra state government to enforce a lockdown. The season’s Ranji games will be played in Bangalore, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Trivandrum, and Chennai, with the knockouts being held in Kolkata.

Source – www.indianexpress.com