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Lonely domestic tournament, U-19 Cooch Behar Trophy now postponed indefinitely after 57 COVID cases

The Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday announced the indefinite postponement of the knockout stages of the Under-19 Cooch Behar Cup following 57 positive cases of COVID-19 in the biobubble.

The four-day fixtures, scheduled to begin in Pune from January 11, were halted after 57 individuals inside the biosecurity bubble were confirmed to have the virus. The roster includes 30 players and nine support staff, in addition to ground staff and match officials.

“With everyone’s health and safety in mind, the knockout matches to be held in Pune have been paused until further notice. BCCI conducted 93 matches across 20 venues during the tournament period. The Council will continue to monitor the situation and determine a new window when the situation improves,” secretary Jay Shah was quoted as saying by the BCCI statement.

The eight qualifying teams are Mumbai, Bengal, Haryana, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Chattisgarh, Vidarbha and Jharkhand.


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The Under-19 Cooch Behar Cup is the only recognized tournament to take place even as the country is reeling from a third wave of the pandemic.

Citing similar reasons, the Indian cricket board on January 4 decided to push the Ranji Cup, Nayudu CK Cup (Men Under 25) and T20 Women’s Senior League until the situation is back under control . The 2020-21 season was the first time that the Ranji Trophy could not be held.

A year without a first class cricket tournament is not only a huge hindrance for thousands of cricketers looking to make their mark, but delays in payment/compensation also put many of their lives at risk. .


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