The Ranji Trophy will not be played this year, for a season due to the outbreak and spread of COVID-19. The Trophy came into existence in 1934-1935. Since then, it was regularly being played. It is for the first time in 87 years when this tournament is being cancelled.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India has intimated its affiliates about the possibilities of cancellations. According to the sources, the truncated season is likely to compromise the Vijay Hazare Trophy, senior women’s one-day tournament, and the Vinoo Mankad Trophy for under-19 boys.
In a letter to the state associations, Jay Shah, BCCI Secretary, on January 29, 2021, confirmed that the Cricket Board would organise only three tournaments. This decision comes as a precautionary action to ensure the safe conduct of games. Shah also said the details would soon be announced.
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The cancellation of Ranji Trophy would badly affect the senior domestic cricketers. It would also draw a limit for the selectors to choose the players for India and India-A tours of England.
This decision would also have a reflection on pockets of hundreds of cricketers and associated officials.
The BCCI AGM had passed the financial package to compensate the cricketers and officials. But the details about the package are still not out.
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