The BCCI postponed domestic cricket tournaments in India, including the Ranji Trophy in the wake of the rising COVID-19 cases. Ranji Trophy 2021-22 was scheduled to start on January 13.
The first round of Ranji Trophy 2021-22 was to start in multiple cities on January 13 but the tournament has been put off and the BCCI will deliberate on when to conduct the blue riband tournament some time later.
Manoj Tiwary, who last played for Bengal in their Ranji final against Saurashtra in March 2020, joined TMC ahead of the Assembly polls and won from Shibpur constituency beating BJP's Rathin Chakraborty.
Sairaj Patil has replaced Shivam Dube in the Mumbai squad for the first two Ranji Trophy 2022 matches against Maharashtra and Delhi. The Mumbai squad led by Prithvi Shaw will leave for Kolkata on Monday.
Many Indian cricketers struggled financially after the Ranji Trophy was not held last year for the first time in its history. The women's T20 games were also curtailed due to the pandemic.
Bengal are placed in Ranji Trophy 2022 Group B, along with Vidarbha, Rajasthan, Kerala, Haryana and Tripura. Bengal are slated to play their first match against Tripura in Bengaluru from January 13.
In-form opener Atharva Taide, wicket-keeper and opener Siddhesh Wath, Ganesh Satish and Apoorva Wankhede have made it to the 18-member squad picked for the two games against Kerala and Rajasthan.
Tamil Nadu, who are coming to the tournament after lifting the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy and playing the final of Vijay Hazare Trophy, start their Ranji Trophy campaign with a match against Jammu & Kashmir on January 13, 2022.
Mumbai are 41-time Ranji champions. They are placed in Elite nine-team Group C and will open their campaign against Maharashtra on January 13. They will clash against Delhi from January 20 in Kolkata.
Following this change in schedule, there will be no rest days and all matches will be played back-to-back from September 30 to October 4.
With former India skipper Mohammed Azharuddin at the helm of Hyderabad Cricket Association, Vihari might lead the state in the upcoming season.
At present, a playing XI player in a Ranji Trophy game gets Rs 35,000 per day and a match fee of Rs 1.4 lakh per game
The BCCI in its Apex Council meeting on September 20 will also discuss the compensation for women cricketers for the loss of games last season
The six cities where matches will be played are Mumbai (Elite A), Bengaluru (Elite B), Kolkata (Elite C), Ahmedabad (Elite D), Trivandrum (Elite E) and Chennai (Plate)
The Ranji Trophy wasn't held during last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the logistical obstacles faced for having an extended bio-bubble for 38 teams
While players lost out on significant earnings, the BCCI copped a lot of flak for too much focus on the cash-rich league
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