The Board for Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced revised dates for the knockout stages of the Ranji Trophy on Friday (November 25). The quarter-finals, initially scheduled to begin on December 17, will now be held from December 24 to 28. Also Read - BCCI Invites Tender For IPL Sponsorship For 4-month Period; Highest Bid Not Guaranteed Winner
The semi-finals were moved from December 27 to January 3, while the final, originally set to be played from January 7, will now take place from January 12 to 16. Also Read - IPL 2020: BCCI Gets Government Approval to Stage IPL in UAE, Says League Chairman Brijesh Patel
The revision was done after the fifth round clashes between Gujarat and Bengal and Tripura and Hyderabad were postponed due to severe smog in Delhi. Also Read - IPL 2020: BCCI in Trouble, After VIVO Exit, Calls to Drop Byju’s & Dream11 Grow: Report
No play was possible in the two fixtures after players complained of breathing problems and burning eyes. The Gujarat-Bengal match will now be played in Visakhapatnam while the Group C battle between Tripura and Hyderabad will be played in Kolkata from December 15.
The BCCI had then announced that the matches would be played after the league phase, and shifted games out of Delhi in the next round.
The Group B fixture between Assam and Odisha, originally scheduled at the Karnail Singh Stadium, was shifted to Hyderabad, while the Hyderabad-Services game in Group C was moved from Feroz Shah Kotla to Mumbai.