Ranji Trophy 2021-22: Know how the season will be completed?
The Board of Control for Cricket in India decided to conduct the Ranji Trophy 2021-22 in 2 phases this time. BCCI secretary Jay Shah confirmed the news on Friday. He said that the board took the decision of organizing the premier first-class competition in 2 phases. IPL 2022 will split the tournament into 2 phases.
Ranji Trophy is our most prestigious domestic competition: Jay Shah
Jay Shah said, "The Board has decided to conduct the Ranji Trophy this season in two phases. In the first phase, we plan to complete all matches of the league stage while the knockouts will be held in June. My team is working closely to mitigate any kind of health risk caused by the pandemic, while at the same time ensuring a highly competitive red-ball cricket contest. Ranji Trophy is our most prestigious domestic competition, which has been providing Indian Cricket with an enviable talent pool every year. It is absolutely important that we take all necessary steps to safeguard the interest of this premier event."
Also, BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal previously mentioned that BCCI is planning to conduct the Ranji Trophy 2021-22 in 2 phases. After a day of his Arun's indication, Shah confims the final decision. As IPL 2022 is starting from 27 March, it is clearly impossible to for the BCCI to complete Ranji within that time. After many state units requested the board, they held a meeting and decided finally.
We are exploring the possibility of staging Ranji Trophy: Arun Dhuman
Dhumal told PTI post meeting, "We are exploring the possibility of staging Ranji Trophy, cases were going up when it was postponed, now they seem to be coming down. The operations team is working on whether we can do the league stage next month and complete the rest of the tournament later (after IPL)."
He further added, "The operations team will work out the logistics and factor in the weather, venue availability as well as availability of players. We are very keen to organise the tournament and that is why we are exploring all possibilities to stage it without compromising players' safety."