Giving impetus to the health and safety of the players, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to postpone the domestic 50-over under-19 men competition Vinoo Mankad Trophy due to the surge in COVID-19 cases in India. The board has decided to delay the inter-state tournament till the completion of the fourteenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
“While our endeavor was to get in as many matches as was practicable across different age groups in the season, prevailing circumstances have now forced us to suspend all age-group tournaments,” the BCCI secretary Jay Shah said while addressing state associations via an e-mail.
“This is on account of the fact that active COVID cases are on the rise and organizing tournaments requires intercity travel, strict quarantine measures, and the creation and maintenance of bio-secure bubbles for the participants. Moreover, the situation is presently not conducive in some states,” he added.
Earlier this year, BCCI decided to organize the Vinoo Mankad Trophy after the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy turned out to be a great success this season. The cricket governing body was yet to announce a detailed schedule of the competition. However, due to a rise in COVID-19 cases in many states, they will rework their plans to go ahead with the tournament.