Ranji Trophy, ISL matches in Guwahati suspended due to anti-CAB protests

BCCI has said that Ranji Trophy match between Tripura and Jharkhand is underway in Agartala. Photo: PTI

Various matches of Ranji trophy and Indian Super League in Assam and Tripura were suspended even as people defied curfew to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019.

Day four of the Ranji Trophy games in Guwahati and Agartala were called off due to the imposition of curfew after protests broke out against the passage of Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 on Thursday (December 11).

However, BCCI later said, Ranji Trophy match between Tripura and Jharkhand is underway in Agartala.

BCCI GM (Cricket Operations) Saba Karim told PTI, “We have been advised by the state association not to go ahead with the game. Players and match officials have been advised to remain in the hotel. At this stage, the safety of the players and match officials is paramount.”

He also added that decisions regarding replaying the match or sharing the points will be decided later.

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Hosts Assam was in the middle of their series-opener against Services Sports Control Board (SSCB) while Tripura was facing Jharkhand. The game in Guwahati was heading for an exciting finish with Assam needing 168 runs for victory with five wickets in hand.

The Indian Super League (ISL) football match between NorthEast United FC and Chennaiyin FC scheduled to be played at Indira Gandhi Athletics stadium in Guwahati was postponed indefinitely on Thursday (December 12).

“The league has been in consultation with the concerned authorities over the past 48 hours to determine the best course of action. The safety of fans, players and league staff is of paramount importance, which has led to this decision,” ISL said in a statement.

Training and pre-match media interactions on Wednesday (December 11) were also cancelled. A team official of NorthEast United FC said on conditions of anonymity, “We can’t get out of the hotel at this moment. The situation is not good here at all”.

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