Ravi Shastri, the former head coach of Team India, has advocated Ranji Trophy, saying that if it is ignored, it will make Indian cricket spineless. Ravi Shastri’s tenure as head coach ended with the 2021 T20 World Cup, after which Rahul Dravid took over as the head coach of the Indian cricket team. Shastri’s statement came at a time when the Ranji Trophy had to be postponed this year after being canceled last year due to the Corona epidemic.
The Ranji Trophy was to be played from January 13, but has been postponed indefinitely due to the third wave of the corona pandemic. However, shortly after Shastri’s tweet, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced that this time the Ranji Trophy will be held in two phases. Shastri tweeted, ‘Ranji Trophy is the backbone of Indian cricket. Ignoring this will leave you spineless.’
The Ranji Trophy is the backbone of Indian cricket. The moment you start ignoring it our cricket will be SPINELESS!
— Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) January 28, 2022
BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal said after the board meeting on Thursday that the board will organize the Ranji Trophy in two phases. The reason for this is that IPL is starting from March 27 and in such a situation it is not possible to get Ranji Trophy done in one go. Board President Sourav Ganguly and Secretary Jay Shah were also present in the meeting. The board plans to conduct the first phase of Ranji Trophy from February to March and the second phase in June-July.