Delhi pollution: Rescheduling Ranji Trophy games sets bad precedent, will be recipe for disaster

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These are weird times for Indian cricket, and not usually since a courts find a contend in a using of a Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Rather, those deemed custodians of a diversion are strutting around like tin-pot dictators holding weird decisions that have small or no co-relation to a manners of a game.

Monday morning brought in a arise another absurd preference by a BCCI’s technical cabinet — two Ranji Trophy matches scheduled to have been played over a weekend would now be rescheduled since fog over a city of Delhi had ensured no play was probable on a initial dual days of a match.

Smog or no smog, zero stops maidan cricket. AFPSmog or no smog, zero stops maidan cricket. AFP

Smog or no smog, zero stops maidan cricket. AFP

The Bengal vs Gujarat compare during a Feroze Shah Kotla and Hyderabad vs Tripura during a Karnail Singh Stadium were both called off on Sunday afternoon. However, instead of a teams pity points, as is a normal in a rain-abandoned or rain-ruined match, a technical cabinet — headed by former India skipper and Cricket Association of Bengal boss Saurav Ganguly — motionless that a matches would be rescheduled for a after date. However, a member of a cabinet after pronounced there was conjunction a assembly nor a write conference before a preference was arrived at.

Be that as it may, matches are generally rescheduled usually if there is earthy risk to a lives of players overdue to an “act of God”. This could be in a form of  mega-impact disasters like earthquakes, tsunamis or volcanic eruptions. Mundane compare spoilers like rains or bad light should not lead to rescheduling of matches.

The smog, that some players claimed “burned their eyes, left a hazed feeling in their mouth and had them panting for air” can frequency be called a life-threatening “act of God”. Smog in Delhi is zodiacally supposed as a outcome of a city’s unlucky wickedness that hits shocking proportions any winter. However, no authority anywhere in a world, including Delhi, has died of atmosphere pollution, and to therefore pass off a fog as life-threatening is finish nonsense.

In fact, no unfamiliar consulate or embassy has sent behind a staff on comment of the Delhi pollution, during slightest not yet. Nor have any of their crew died overdue to a smog. So, all a bitch heading to a rescheduling of matches is a terrible overreach by a technical committee.

What creates it worse is that a authority is also a boss of CAB, an influenced party. If anything, Ganguly should have recused himself from a decision-making. One technical cabinet member pronounced that he was in a dim about a whole episode. “There was no meeting. Not even a phone call. we don’t know how they arrived during this decision. I’m not during all for this. It is a meaningless decision,” he said.

On a other hand, a BCCI media note alludes to a cabinet carrying met or been consulted. “The technical cabinet of a BCCI recognized a unusual resources prevalent in Delhi and motionless to reschedule a Paytm Ranji Trophy 2016-17 fifth turn matches between Hyderabad-Tripura and Gujarat-Bengal after a initial dual days of play were mislaid due to fog conditions in New Delhi,” a media note said.

“The revised venue and dates for a above matches, that will be played after a joining proviso of Ranji Tophy, will be announced shortly,” a note serve added.

However, a BCCI has now set a fashion with this decision. And it’s a misfortune form of fashion to set, as Delhi is disposed to a series of smog-filled days during a winter. The city’s authorities have attempted a series of things, from CNG-run buses to shutting down polluting industries to restricting vehicles on a roads by an odd-even numbered system, all in an bid to revoke wickedness and smog. But zero seems to work, and wickedness levels have usually increasing with any flitting year.

Hence, if fog is to be used as a reason to reschedule matches, BCCI would do good to give Delhi hosting matches a far-reaching berth. The city has a story with smog and it will continue to be stubborn by it for several years to come. The final thing any group needs is to have a report redrawn or wrecked by a standard Delhi winter occurrence.

Actually, instead of rescheduling matches, a house should have usually treated these matches on standard with rain-ruined or bad-light wrecked matches and separate points between a teams. But now, with this diseased fashion carrying been set, uninformed misunderstanding is in store for domestic cricket.

For, if Ranji Trophy matches can be rescheduled overdue to smog, so too can women’s matches, U-23,U-19 and U-15 matches. Ill-conceived, ill-thought-out brief cuts are a sure-fire recipe for disaster.