Ganguly: 'Will speak to Thakur and Shirke on revocation'

Bengal’s smog-hit Ranji encounter against Gujarat (November 7-10) was rescheduled when the first two days went by without a ball being bowled. The match was rescheduled to December 15-18 at Visakhapatnam before being cancelled.

Sourav Ganguly Ranji Trophy

CAB president Sourav Ganguly plans to take up the issue of cancelling of Ranji Trophy match with the BCCI president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke.   -  Vivek Bendre

Cricket Association of Bengal president Sourav Ganguly today said that he will be taking up the issue of >revocation of Bengal’s rescheduled Ranji Trophy encounter against Gujarat with the BCCI brass including president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke.

It has been learnt from CAB sources that they will send a formal letter to the BCCI regarding the current move. “I am aware of the situation. I will be taking up this issue at the appropriate forum with president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke,” Ganguly said.

Asked if the morale of the team will be down due to this decision as it plays an important match against Madhya Pradesh, starting tomorrow, the former India captain said that he has spoken to the boys and told them to keep their chin up.

“I have told the boys that they should just focus on the match and not think about anything else. Their goal should be to win the match,” the former skipper said.

Bengal’s smog-hit Ranji encounter against Gujarat (November 7-10) was rescheduled when the first two days went by without a ball being bowled. The match was rescheduled to December 15-18 at Visakhapatnam but Mumbai Cricket Association and Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) took up the matter with BCCI citing it as an “unfair advantage” for the two teams.

Shirke’s explanation was that there was some ambiguity and the prerogative of rescheduling lay with the tournament committee and not the technical committee, which Ganguly heads.

However, in CAB, the contention in the matter is that this decision to revoke falls flat due to amended BCCI constitution Page 3 Clause F (ii) which states: “The Committee shall recommend change if any in the format or schedule of the Senior Tournaments to the Technical Committee“.

The CAB plans to point out this particular amendment done in the playing conditions and rules.

Shirke had earlier said, “There was some confusion on that. We have now decided to make the rules more explicit so that such situations may not occur in future. Everything is a learning process. This is the first time there was a smog-pollution affected match and therefore, I think what the senior tournament committee has decided is a fair call in the interest of cricket and within the rules.”