Calcutta: There’s a cloud over Bengal’s Ranji Trophy preparations, literally.
Not even a month is left for Ranji to start, but the CAB is all at sea with the SK Acharya Invitational Tournament, the preparatory meet which was supposed to get the boys ready for the season.
Rains had forced the CAB to schedule and reschedule the meet again and again. It finally began on Friday, but not even a single match has been played so far because of wet ground conditions. And now, there’s a possibility that that tournament may be scrapped altogether.
While just 12 overs were played in the opener, featuring Bengal Seniors and Bengal A, before rains forced abandonment of the two-day match, there was no play on Monday, the first day of the second match involving Bengal A and Jharkhand tie. A desperate attempt is on to hold the match on its reserve day.
If the second game too gets abandoned, the CAB may be forced to cancel the tournament because only one match will left thereafter and then one team will be knocked out without playing a single game.
“It’s a strange situation… We are helpless. If the weather permits, we will have the match. If not, then may be we will have to scrap the meet,” a CAB official said.