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The prestigious domestic tournament, Ranji Trophy 2016-17 season will start on 6th October. This will be the 83rd edition of this tournament. Chhattisgarh will play their first Ranji Trophy match against Tripura in Ranchi. The tournament will end in January 2017. The finals will be played from 7th January to 11th January.
In this year’s tournament, defending champions Mumbai, Baroda, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Bengal, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Railways and Uttar Pradesh are placed in Group A. While in Group B, Saurashtra, Odisha, Delhi, Maharastra, Vidarbha, Rajasthan, Assam, and Jharkhand will are grouped. Group C includes Hyderabad, Haryana, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Tripura, Goa, Services, Jammu and Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.
Raipur and Belgaum are the two new venues included in this year tournament. The tournament will be played in 40 venues. Bangalore will not host any matches this year because drainage system is being improved.
The matches will be played at neutral venues. This recommendation was given by Sourav Ganguly technical committee. The domestic season which started on 23rd August will conclude on 29th March. The season will end with Deodhar Trophy played in Challenger Trophy format. The domestic limited overs tournament will begin after the completion of Ranji Trophy.
This year, Saurashtra has been promoted due to their excellent performances in last year’s tournament. They reached the finals before losing to Mumbai.
Haryana and Andhra Pradesh has been relegated. They will be grouped with the likes of Kerala, Tripura, Himachal Pradesh in Group C. The Groups are as follows:
Group A: Mumbai, Baroda, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Bengal, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Railways, Uttar Pradesh
Group B: Saurashtra, Odisha, Delhi, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Vidarbha, Rajasthan, Assam, Jharkhand.
Group C: Hyderabad, Kerala, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Goa, Tripura, Services, Goa and Jammu and Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh.