The Below-16 Vijay Merchant Trophy, which was scheduled to birth in January 2022, has been postponed following a new surge in the assortment of Covid-19 conditions in India and the rising threat of the Omicron variant. In a letter to the affiliated fashions of BCCI, which ESPNcricinfo has seen, BCCI secretary Jay Shah said that the key motive in the back of the postponement is on yarn of “participants are collected now not vaccinated and as such, are inclined,” as these beneath 18 years of age are collected now not eligible to pick the vaccine in the country.
“Now we like been closely monitoring the map back in lndia and internationally, and it is estimated that the caseload will shoot up in the on the spot future if the map back is now not managed now,” Shah said in the letter. “After consulting experts and wanting for views of the clinical groups and operations workers, it has been determined that conserving smartly being and safety in mind, the U16 Vijay Merchant Trophy is postponed for this season.
“We must state caution and now not be adventurous and do the smartly being of our proficient cricketers at grave possibility.”
On Thursday, India reported 13,154 fresh Covid-19 conditions, the assortment of inviting conditions stands at 82,402.
The BCCI announced in July that it was assured that all tournaments, including these for diversified age groups and females, shall be conducted this season.
“Forward of the domestic season, we had said that can endeavor to love a paunchy season across age groups,” the letter extra said. “We started off smartly and are surely mid-capacity into the season having accomplished 748 matches when now we like all over again encountered a most important field, The conditions across lndia are spiraling and despite being a sizable assortment of adults doubly vaccinated, they like got collected been infected.”
The match was scheduled to be conducted between January 9 to 21, in four venues across Agartala and Guwahati.