BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke has clarified that the cricketing body has not yet made a decision on shifting of the fifth and final Test of the on-going India-Enland series. “Unfortunate incident took place in Chennai, BCCI is making clear that no decision has taken regarding the Chennai Test. We’re keeping a close watch on situation and taking inputs from local association about sentiments of people; will act accordingly,” he told ANI.
He, however, clarified that the most immediate game in the Ranji Trophy will be moved. “Ranji game in Chennai will be shifted,” he told The Indian Express. The match in question is the league encounter between Jharkhand and Odisha which was slated to begin on December 7 and was to be played at NPR College Ground, Dindigul which is approximately 400 kms from Chennai. There is, however, no decision yet on whether the matches will be shifted elsewhere or played at a later date.
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Shirke was addressing the media at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai where he clarified that the two Ranji matches which were rescheduled last month in Delhi following the smog problem were not going to be replayed now. The decision is likely to have been taken after Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) and Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) raised objection with the process being followed. The teams affected – Hyderabad, Tripura, Bengal and Gujarat will all now get a single point each.
The speculation around the India-England Test had risen following Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s death in Chennai on Monday night with the state declaring a week of mourning. The development hit the city hard with transportation staying off road and schools, colleges shut for three days.
The fifth Test is scheduled to be played between December 16 and 20 in Chennai after the fourth Test in Mumbai that starts on Thursday. India lead the series 2-0.