- State associations urge not to give up Ranji Trophy
- Need to hold at least group stage matches
- The tournament was abandoned last year
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The state cricket associations have demanded that the Ranji Trophy not be abandoned this season and that at least group stage matches be held. But with the Indian Premier League set to begin this season at the end of March, it will be difficult for the BCCI to find the time needed to host the Ranji Trophy. Therefore, the BCCI is unlikely to give the green light to this demand of the state associations.
The 75-day window is set for the Ranji Trophy. The 15th season of the IPL starts on March 26. In other words, the BCCI will not have time to run the entire pre – IPL season. The 39-day window will be required even if only group stage matches are to be held as requested by the state associations. But finding 39 days for the Ranji Trophy will not be easy in this situation where Covid is fierce. Or even if they decide to hold the Ranji Trophy like that, things will only get worse if Covid is reported to be inside any team camp. Therefore, it is certain that the BCCI will take a decision on whether to hold the Ranji Trophy only after careful consideration.
The last Ranji Trophy was held in the 2019-20 season
The last Ranji Trophy was held in the 2019-20 season. Saurashtra defeated Bengal in the final to clinch the title. The tournament, which was scheduled to take place last year, was abandoned in the wake of the Covid expansion.