‘Ranji Trophy 2022 to be held in two-phases this season, knockouts in June’ confirms Jay Shah;

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‘Ranji Trophy 2022 to be held in two-phases this season, knockouts in June’ confirms Jay Shah;

Ranji Trophy 2022 would be held in two phases, in which all the league-stage games would be held in the first phase confirms Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah.

“The Board has decided to conduct the Ranji Trophy this season in two phases. In the first phase, we plan to complete all matches of the league stage while the knockouts will held in June. My team is working closely to mitigate any kind of health risk caused by the pandemic, while at the same time ensuring a highly competitive red-ball cricket contest,” Jay Shah said in an official statement.

“Ranji Trophy is our most prestigious domestic competition, which has been providing Indian Cricket with an enviable talent pool every year. It is absolutely important that we take all necessary steps to safeguard the interest of this premier event,” he added.

Earlier, former Team India head coach Ravi Shastri on Friday said. That the Ranji Trophy is the backbone of Indian cricket. And the premier domestic red-ball tournament should not ignored.

“The Ranji Trophy is the backbone of Indian cricket. The moment you start ignoring it, our cricket will be SPINELESS,” tweeted Shastri.

The BCCI postponed the Ranji Trophy on January 4 due to an increase of COVID-19 cases throughout the country. This year’s Ranji Trophy and Col CK Nayudu Trophy supposed to start in January.

The Ranji Trophy also cancelled last season owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 would begin in late March and end in May, says BCCI secretary Jay Shah.

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