The Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) tournament committee has decided to kick start the current domestic season. The Duleep Trophy will be starting from 15th of October while the prestigious Ranji Trophy will start from 7th of December and continue till 12th March. The Duleep Trophy will last for only three-weeks from 15th of October to 3rd November.
With ICC World Cup to be hosted in Australia and New Zealand which is slated in February-March next year, the BCCI will conduct the National One-Day Championship from 7th November to 25th November. The zonal phase will be held from November 7th to 14th while the Vijay Hazare Trophy for the knock-out phase will be held from November 19th to 25th.
Another major domestic series,the Deodhar Trophy inter-zonal one dayers will be held between November 29th to December 3rd. The Ranji Trophy’s group league fixtures will be held between December 7th and February 8th. The quarter-finals will be held between February 15th to 19th. The two semi-finals will be held between February 25th and 1st March while final will be held from March 8th to 12th.
The Ranji Trophy will be followed another important domestic competition, the Irani Cup from March 17th to 21st while the zonal leg of the National T20 Championship for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy will be held between March 25th to 28th. The final leg will be played from 1st to 7th of April.
The Ranji Trophy groupings have also been confirmed with almost all the top teams such as the defending champions Karnataka, 40-time champions Mumbai, formidable Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu are all clubbed in the same group, which makes the competition much more interesting. Delhi are in a relatively less tough group with teams to look for being last year’s runners-up Maharashtra and Punjab.
Ranji Trophy groupings
Group A: Karnataka, Bengal, Mumbai, Railways, Uttar Pradesh, Baroda, Tamil Nadu, Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh
Group B: Maharashtra, Punjab, Gujarat, Saurashtra, Rajasthan, Delhi, Vidarbha, Haryana, Odisha
Group C: Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Hyderabad, Andhra, Assam, Tripura, Jharkhand, Services.