Knockout stages of Cooch Behar Trophy postponed due to rise in COVID-19 cases

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Knockout stages of Cooch Behar Trophy postponed due to rise in COVID-19 cases

The BCCI on Monday postponed the knockout stages of the Cooch Behar Trophy for U-19 cricketers due to a surge in COVID-19 cases within the team environment. The matches were set to commence from Tuesday, January 11 in Pune but looking at the surge in COVID-19 cases the knockout stages have been postponed.

“The BCCI on Monday announced the postponement of the knockout stage matches of the Cooch Behar Trophy following some positive COVID-19 cases within the team environment”, stated BCCI in its  Official release.

“Unfortunately, there have been Covid 19 cases within the team environment and we are now forced to postpone the knockout stage, keeping the health and safety of everyone concerned.”

The BCCI secretary explained the situation leading to the postponement. He wrote: “I thank your understanding and for supporting us in our decision to postpone the domestic tournaments in view of the rising Covid-19 cases across India.

“As estimated, the caseload shot up immediately. I believe a timely call was taken and it will help us curb the spread of the new variant which is more infectious.

“At the time, it was decided that Cooch Behar Trophy, which had already started, can continue as we had successfully completed the league stage involving 93 matches across 20 venues. We were set for the knockout stage in Pune with quarterfinals from tomorrow but with just 7 matches left in the tournament, the virus has raised its head again.”

Shah hoped to revive the tournament once the situation improves. “Once the caseload again goes down and the situation improves, we will lock in a new window and resume the knockout leg of the tournament.”

According to cricbuzz, the Mumbai team which qualified for the quarter-finals has one infected player & was isolated just after their pre-quarter-finals game. Similarly, positive COVID-19 cases were also found in the Saurashtra team which was knocked out of the tournament in the pre-quarter-final stage. One BCCI Officials in the know of the developments said that cases were detected in the majority of the teams forcing the BCCI to call off the tournament. In Mumbai team alone, five players and a member of the support staff were infected.

Apart from Mumbai, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Vidarbha, Bengal, Haryana and hosts Maharashtra have qualified for the last eight stages of the tournament. Keeping in mind the rising cases of COVID-19 across the country, the BCCI postponed Ranji Trophy & Col CK Nayudu Trophy which were scheduled to begin this month. The board even postponed the Senior Women’s T20 League was scheduled to commence next month and said the decision was “in the wake of the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the country.”

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