BCCI President Ganguly to solve Vijay Hazare Trophy problems

Former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh was not happy after Punjab’s exit from Vijay Hazare Trophy due to rain and the fact that Tamil Nadu secured the semi-final spot because they had more wins in the league stage (9). Yuvraj Singh was not happy because there was no reserve day for the knockout matches and this was among the questions put to BCCI President on his first day.

BCCI President Ganguly to solve Vijay Hazare Trophy problems
Sourav Ganguly was officially annouced as BCCI President on October 23.

In reply, Ganguly assured to solve the problems being encountered in Vijay Hazare Trophy. If rain plays a spoilsport, it is important to have a reserve day especially in quarter-finals, semi-finals and that’s what Ganguly wants to say.

“When the Vijay Hazare started, the rules were put down and sent to all state associations,” Ganguly said. “We will assess it, try and make it simpler. The rule was that whoever won more matches went through, which is also a way of saying you give value to your performances in the group stages. So it’s not something which is completely wrong.

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Yes, the pertinent point is whether a reserve day could be kept for the knockouts. The quarter-finals, semi-finals are very important, which is a practical thing. So yes, that could be an option, which could be taken. But you must remember, whatever happened, it was as per the basis of rules that were there from the start of the tournament.”

When asked this about Saba Karim, who is the former wicketkeeper of India, he had explained the reason behind the schedule being tightly packed for the knockouts.

“To keep a reserve day at this point is very difficult because we have to keep so many factors in mind,” Karim told ESPNcricinfo. “We need to ensure players get adequate rest. We also give breaks for Diwali [October 27 this year] and New Year.

We did our level best to revise the schedule in the league stage, but here [in the knockouts] we don’t have enough time. Weather is something we cannot fight. And issues can keep cropping up. If we give reserve days here, some team might say, ‘Why not reserve days in T20s, why not in the Ranji Trophy?’

“However, having said that, we do have a captain’s conclave at the beginning of each season so if the captains feel strongly about this, it can be discussed there.”

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