Former India cricketer Manoj Tiwary wants the Ranji Trophy scrapped. But, can’t reveal the real reason behind such a statement because of BCCI’s Code of Conduct.
The Ranji Trophy remains India’s premier First Class cricket tournament, a platform for budding cricketers to showcase their talent and knock on the senior national team’s doors. However, former India cricketer Manoj Tiwary isn’t entirely happy with how the Ranji Trophy is being organised, and has highlighted various challenges with the the marquee event. Tiwary, in an explosive rant on social media, has asked for the tournament to be scrapped from the next season. The Bengal star, however, didn’t highlight the specific reason for such a suggestion on social media.
“Ranji trophy should be scrapped from the calendar from the next season onwards. So many things going wrong in the tournament. So many things need to be looked into in order to save this prestigious tournament which has a rich history. It’s losing its charm and importance. Absolutely frustrated,” Tiwary wrote on X (formerly Twitter).
Tiwary also went live on Facebook to highlight certain issues with the Ranji Trophy. During the live session, he also said that he would end his Ranji Trophy career at the end of this season.
The cricketer from Bengal first slammed the poor dressing room facility at the St Xavier’s College Ground in Thumba, Thiruvananthapuram where Bengal came up against Kerala in an Elite Group B game.
During the live session, he said: “We are playing Kerala in a ground, not a stadium despite there being one built years ago, we are being asked to play in a ground on the outskirts of the State. The dressing rooms are such that you cannot even strategise properly since our dressing room and the opposite dressing room are so close to each other that you can hear what the others are saying. There is no privacy. I hope that this is looked into in the future.”
However, he hasn’t yet revealed the real reason behind the tweet to do away with the Ranji Trophy. He promised to reveal the reason after ending his career.
“I cannot elaborate further as I am a player and the captain of a State and I have to follow the BCCI’s Code of Conduct. I cannot say anything publicly during the match,” he said.