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Cooch Behar Trophy knockout matches postponed

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday announced the postponement of the knockout stage matches of the Cooch Behar Trophy following some positive COVID-19 cases within the team environment.

The matches were set to get underway from Tuesday, January 11 in Pune but looking at the surge in COVID-19 cases, the knockout stages have been postponed.

“The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday announced the postponement of the knockout stage matches of the Cooch Behar Trophy following some positive COVID-19 cases within the team environment,” stated an official release.

“Keeping everyone’s health and safety in mind, the knockout matches to be held in Pune have been put on hold until further notice. The BCCI had conducted 93 matches across 20 venues in the league stage. The Board will continue to monitor the situation and identify a new window once the situation improves” it added.

Cooch Behar Trophy knockout matches postponed

According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India reported 1,79,723 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, bringing the country’s daily positive rate to 13.29 percent.

So far, 4,033 cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant have been recorded. The state with the most cases (1,216) is Maharashtra, followed by Rajasthan (529) and Delhi (513).

Apart from Mumbai, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Vidarbha, Bengal, Haryana, and Maharashtra qualified for the last-eight stage and were scheduled to play on Tuesday.

The Ranji Trophy and the Col CK Nayudu Trophy, which were set to commence this month, were recently postponed by the BCCI.

The board also postponed the start of the Senior Women’s T20 League, which was set to begin next month, citing “an increase in the number of Covid cases throughout the country.”

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