Heavy rain and cyclone alert forces BCCI to delay start of domestic season

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Image Source: PTI BCCI The start of India’s domestic season has been delayed by two days with the Under-19 events for kids and ladies pressed back to September 30 due to a cyclone alert in south Odisha and north Andhra Pradesh coasts.

The U19 Kids Vinoo Mankad Trophy and U19 Girls One-Day tournament was set up to begin on Tuesday throughout 7 venues.

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Heavy rain is expected in Hyderabad and Bhubaneshwar, that are among host cities for the matches along with Indore, Vizag, Surat, Rajkot and Nagpur.

“Owing to the constant rain and the cyclone alert issued by MET, the BCCI is obliged to postpone the start of the group stage from 28.09.2021 to 30.09.2021,” composed Dhiraj Malhotra, BCCI General Manager– Game Development– in his letter to the 7 host associations.

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.

“There will be no modification to the knockout phase and place. This decision has been taken to ensure that all the matches are played and there is no loss due to the severe weather.

“Keeping the upcoming ICC Under 19 World Cup 2022 in mind, we need to ensure that the gamers get maximum chance and exposure to display their talent and make an earnest effort to be selected for the country,” he wrote.

The last domestic season was hit by COVID-19 with Ranji Prize cancelled for the very first time ever in 87 years history of the tournament while the age groups were likewise not held.

Published at Mon, 27 Sep 2021 11:59:32 -0500