Sourav Ganguly assures to restart the postponed domestic tournaments once things get under control.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday decided to put the domestic tournaments on hold due to the sudden surge in the covid-19 cases in India. The tournaments, including the Ranji Trophy and Col CK Naidu Trophy after several teams reported covid cases inside their bio-secure bubbles.
However, the BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has assured that the board will do everything in hand to begin the tournaments as soon as possible.
The Ranji Trophy 2022 was set to begin on 13th January, however, the tournament has now been pushed back by 15 days.
Ganguly cited the threat to the safety of players and all others involved in the conduct of the matches.
“As you are aware, we had to put on hold the currently on-going domestic season due to the worsening COVID-19 situation. The COVID cases are rapidly increasing and there were multiple positive cases in many teams. It posed an imminent threat to the health and safety of players, officials and all others related to the running of the tournaments,” read Sourav Ganguly’s mail to presidents and secretaries, as quoted by The New Indian Express.
Ganguly further thanked all the concerning authorities and reassured them to restart the important tournaments as soon as possible. He also mentioned preparing a fresh schedule for the tournaments and continuing the matches with the situation getting better.
“The BCCI would like to reassure that it will do everything to restart the domestic season once the COVID situation is under control. We are committed to holding the remaining tournaments for this season. The board will shortly come back to you with a revised plan. I thank you for your support and understanding. Please look after yourself and stay safe and healthy,” further read his mail.
As of today, 6th January 2022, India reported over 90,000 covid positive cases. With each passing day, the cases are rapidly increasing taking the country to the third wave of dreaded covid-19.