New Delhi. The start of the Under-19 domestic cricket tournament has been postponed by two days due to cyclone Gulab warnings in the coastal areas of South Odisha and North Andhra Pradesh. The BCCI (Indian Cricket Board) domestic season was to begin on Tuesday with the boys’ U-19 Vinoo Mankad Trophy and the women’s U-19 ODI tournament. But it has been postponed for two days. The matches of these tournaments will be played at 7 venues. Heavy rains are expected in Hyderabad and Bhubaneswar, while Indore, Visakhapatnam, Surat, Rajkot and Nagpur are also included in the host cities and there is a possibility of rain in some of these cities.
BCCI General Manager (Game Development) Dheeraj Malhotra in his letter to the seven host associations has written that due to incessant rains and cyclone warnings issued by the Meteorological Department, the schedule of domestic cricket has been pushed forward. Now the group stage of the domestic Under-19 tournament will start from 30 September instead of 28. After the change, there will no longer be a rest day. All matches will be played without break. These will be played from 30 September to 4 October.
matches will be held without break
Apart from this, there will be no change in the knock out stage and venue. This decision has been taken so that every match can be played and there is no loss of cricket due to bad weather or rain. In a letter to the state associations, the board’s GM wrote that keeping in mind the Under-19 World Cup to be held in 2022, we have to ensure that the players of the Under-19 age group get a chance to play as many matches as possible. And they can show their talent, so that they can get a chance to play for the country.
Last season was affected due to Corona
The last domestic season had to be canceled due to Corona. For the first time in 87 years, when the Ranji Trophy had to be canceled. At the same time, age group matches could not be held.