BCCI postpone Senior Women’s T20 League in wake of rising COVID cases in India

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With COVID cases seeing yet another spike in numbers in India, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced that it will be postponing the Senior Women’s T20 League which was scheduled to begin in March. The tournament was not held in the 2020-21 season as well due to the second wave of COVID. 

The Indian domestic season has already seen the Senior One Day Trophy, which was held in October and November 2021, and the Senior Women’s Challenger Trophy, which was played in the early part of December 2021. BCCI’s announcement seems unfortunate for the players of all the 37 teams, but the secretary Jay Shah stated in the release that the decision was taken keeping in mind the safety of all those who will be involved. 

“BCCI does not want to compromise the safety of the players, support staff, match officials and other participants involved and hence, has decided to put the three tournaments on hold till further notice. The BCCI will continue to assess the situation and take a call on the start of the tournaments accordingly,” the release said. 

Apart from the Senior Women’s T20 League, BCCI also postponed the Ranji Trophy and the CK Nayudu Trophy, both of which were scheduled to start in a few days. What should be noted is the fact that the board has not called off the tournaments for this season yet. Last year, due to the pandemic several domestic tournaments were cancelled. As a matter of fact, BCCI recently started their work to compensate all the players for the cancelled tournaments last season.

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The release also expressed gratitude towards everyone who have contributed in helping BCCI host over 700 matches across the country in the ongoing season, which includes age-group cricket tournaments as well. 

“BCCI thanks and continues to appreciate the efforts of the healthcare workers, state associations, players, support staff, match officials and all the service providers who put their best foot forward to host more than 700 matches across 11 tournaments in the current 2021-22 domestic season,” the release read.