A couple of Ranji matches—Gujarat-Bengal and Hyderabad-Tripura—scheduled to be held at New Delhi have been canceled due to heavy smog. The players complained of ‘eyes burning’ and headaches ahead of the game, and the BCCI have decided to reschedule the matches due to ‘extraordinary circumstances’.
“The Technical Committee of the BCCI
“The Hyderabad-Tripura match was to be played at the Karnail Singh Stadium while the Feroz Shah Kotla ground was scheduled to host the Gujarat-Bengal match from November 5,
“The revised venue and dates for the above matches which will be played after the league phase of Ranji
Rising levels of pollution have been a big concern at the capital at recent times. Both the Ranji matches scheduled to take place on Sunday were canceled without a single ball being bowled.
"The teams were informed around 3.15 in the afternoon that the match was called off. Our eyes were burning. Some of the guys had headaches. Pollution was at the highest level. This is the first time in my cricketing life I have come across such a scenario. We have not got any directives from the BCCI whether teams will share points or the match might be rescheduled," Sairaj Bahutule, the Bengal coach, told ESPNcricinfo. "
Bharat Arun, the coach of Hyderabad, said that the conditions were impossible to play in. He said, "We could not even stand outside as our eyes started burning. It was impossible to run in or do anything."
Bengal captain Manoj Tiwary revealed that the decision was taken after consultation with both the captains.
"Yesterday, in the afternoon, when light improved, we went out to toss. But the dust and pollution
"In consultation with both captains, it was decided that we'll call off
"The board is working towards rescheduling the game, although I'm not sure how that will be feasible at this stage. We played our first game only in the second round, so it's now a challenge to fit the game in. But we've been told this won't count as a match, neither will points be split," Tiwary said.
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