Ranji Trophy: Poor visibility rules out play at Kotla

The first day of the Group A tie between Bengal and Gujarat was called off due to thick smog at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground on Saturday.

Besides the light, the burning sensation in the eyes also played a part in the play at Feroz Shah Kotla being finally called off at 4.10 pm.   -  R. V. Moorthy

A blanket of thick smog over the capital ruled out play on the opening day of the Ranji Trophy league match between Bengal and Gujarat at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground here on Saturday.

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Umpires K. Bharatan and Virender Kumar Sharma inspected the conditions and checked out the visibility from time to time. Besides the light, the burning sensation in the eyes also played a part in the play being finally called off at 4.10 pm.

In fact, even in the pre-lunch session, Bengal coach Sairaj Babutule pointed to the eye-burning sensation that was rightly considered by the umpires before taking a decision.