Relief for players & match officials after BCCI confirms Ranji Trophy
The New Indian Express Chennai|January 29, 2022
Jay Shah announced that the Ranji Trophy for 2021/22 season will be held in two phases sandwiched between the IPL.
VENKATA KRISHNA B

IN the end, there was a collective sigh of relief. The news that hundreds of domestic cricketers, umpires, match-officials, scorers and analysts were waiting to hear with bated breath for the last three weeks arrived on Friday morning as BCCI secretary Jay Shah announced that the Ranji Trophy for 2021/22 season will be held in two phases sandwiched between the IPL. Ever since the board suspended the domestic season on January 4 citing the third Covid wave, there were concerns among the stakeholders whether the Ranji Trophy will go ahead this season.

And last week, it emerged that the BCCI was looking to call-off the Ranji Trophy for a second successive season citing the short window. Ever since this newspaper reported the development, the pressure has been growing from several quarters with few state units, former and current cricketers asking the board to host the Ranji Trophy. And a day after the meeting of the top brass of the board ended without any clear cut decision on resuming the domestic season, Shah said the BCCI will host the tournament.

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