BCCI revokes rescheduling of Ranji games

The BCCI revoked the decision to reschedule the Ranji Trophy matches — Bengal vs. Gujarat and Hyderabad vs. Tripura — which were called off last month.

Bengal players leaves the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium after their Ranji Trophy match against Gujarat was called off last match.   -  R. V. Moorthy

The two Ranji Trophy matches that had been controversially abandoned on the second day due to smog in New Delhi will not be rescheduled. Instead, all four teams involved in those two games — Gujarat, Bengal (Group A), Hyderabad and Tripura (Group C) — will now get a point each. The BCCI had earlier rescheduled the game for December 15.

“All the rules, regulations and playing conditions were reviewed. Looking at it, it was decided that both the teams should be given one point each,” said Snehal Parikh, Baroda Cricket Association joint-secretary, who chaired the BCCI senior tournament committee in the absence of its chief Gautam Roy. “This was an extraordinary situation, but such situation may occur in future and you can’t keep prolonging the tournament.”

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With players facing breathing problems due to smog in New Delhi, the fifth round games were called off abruptly on the second day. While the BCCI in a statement announced that the matches would be rescheduled after consulting the technical committee, some of the other state units protested against the decision.

Shirke admitted that the matter was mistakenly forwarded to the technical committee, instead of the senior tournament committee. “The terms of reference of the technical committee do not come into play once the tournament is on. When the tournament is on, the senior tournament committee takes over and takes calls on any matter pertaining to the conduct of senior tournaments,” he said.

“Therefore, this matter should have been forwarded to the senior tournament committee. For whatever reasons — because of the umpires calling off the match on Day 2, or because whether the smog was a natural calamity — we have now decided to make the rules more explicit so that such situations do not occur in future. Everything is a learning process. This is the first time that there was a smog-affected match, therefore the senior tournament committee has taken a fair call.”

Asked if he was misinformed by any of the BCCI executives about the rulebook before it was announced on November 6 that the matches would be rescheduled, Shirke said, “Whether I was misinformed or not, that’s a matter that’s gone by. There’s no need to do any public prosecution of BCCI employees in front of you.”