The post Diwali Smog of Delhi had its adverse effect on Ranji Trophy lately. Two fifth round matches scheduled in Delhi were postponed due to hazardous weather condition with no clear notifications on their fixtures. It was the matches between Gujarat and Bengal and the Test between Tripura and Hyderabad. Now as BCCI announced the revised dates for the knockout stages, the repercussions are surfacing finally. As reported, the Gujarat Bengal Test matches was scheduled in Vishakhapatnam and that between Tripura and Hyderabad was re-scheduled to Kolkata. Both the fixtures are timed at December 15. Per the pre-schedules, the quarterfinals were set to begin from December 24.
Off late, a fresh intervention on BCCI's decision came from Tamil Nadu Cricket Association. Reportedly, they lodge a complaint against the broad. According to Kasi Viswanathan, the Secretary of TNCA, the matches should not be re-scheduled. He said that the points in the match can be shared among the stakeholder teams. Mr. Kasi invoked the instance from the last season when many matches were hampered due to fog or other natural instances, but there were no such fixtures that were re-scheduled.
The secretary raised his concerns that in a league stage, such fixtures could bring disadvantages to other teams. Putting up his protest strong, he said that BCCI "cannot do this." He also that that it was an "act of God" that prevented the matches and the points should be only shared. Mr. Viswanathan said that last year, their team lost four days due to rain against Gujarat, but nothing was done in the occasion. He added, many such matches were affected due to fog as well, but with no impact on the normal fixtures. Generally, it has been followed that when rains wash out any matches, the points are shared.
Mr. Viswanathan said that TNCA has conveyed their stance of displeasure with the decision. He also confirmed a meeting with the Board's president and office bearers, apart from filing an official protest. He expressed that BCCI should have waited for the fourth day of the match, before calling off in the second day. The Ranji Trophy Semi Finals will be played from 3rd January. As rescheduled, the final tournament will be played on January 12, instead of January 7. The changes in fixtures will also have an impact in the following Irani Cup, which was scheduled on January 22.
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