Two Ranji Trophy matches were postponed at the end of last week after there was extreme smog in Delhi. The changes have affected the dates for the knockout stages of the tournament.
The Board for Control of Cricket in India announced that the dates have been changed after the matches between Tripura and Hyderabad, and Gujarat and Bengal were postponed in the fifth round of the tournament. Players were suffering from burning eyes and were having difficulty breathing in the severe smog.
It is believed that the heavy smog was left over from Diwali fireworks and burning of paddy stubble in neighbouring states. The process of burning the stubble helps farmers ready the ground for the upcoming crop.
The Group C match between Tripura and Hyderabad has been moved to Kolkata, and the Group A fixture between Gujarat and Bengal has been moved to Visakhapatnam. The fixtures had been set to be played at the Feroz Shah Kotla and the Karnail Singh Stadium, and will now be played at different venues in other cities. The matches will begin on 15th December 2016.
The other changes that have come into being as a result of these delayed games will affect the quarterfinals, semifinals, and the final. At this time, it is as yet unknown where the knockout rounds will be played. The venues are likely to be announced shortly.
Rescheduled Ranji Trophy Match Dates
Quarterfinals will begin play from 24th – 28th December 2016, and the semifinals will begin on 3rd – 7th January 2017. The final was originally set to be played on 7th January 2017, but has now been moved to 12th – 16th January 2017.
Rescheduling the Ranji Trophy matches means that the Irani Cup will now be pushed ahead slightly in order to accommodate the changes. The game between the winners of the Ranji Trophy and the Rest of India will take place from 22nd – 26th January 2017.