Ranji Trophy returns as BCCI announces domestic schedule for 2021-22 season

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New Delhi: After a gap of a more than a year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, hundreds of Indian cricketers will be back in action as the BCCI on Saturday announced the resumption of domestic cricket in tje country for the upcoming 2021-22 season. The season will resume on September 21 with a total of 2,127 domestic games to be played across various age groups in the men’s and women’s categories.

“The season will commence on September 21, 2021, with the Senior Women’s One Day League and will be followed by the Senior Women’s One Day Challenger Trophy, which will take place from October 27, 2021. The Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy will kickstart on October 20, 2021 with the final to be played on November 12, 2021,” BCCI said in a statement.

The men’s tournaments will start with the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy from October 20 with the final scheduled on November 12. The Ranji Trophy will be played with two Elite groups comprising nine teams each and the C group and Plate will have 10 teams each.

“The coveted Ranji Trophy, which was cancelled last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be played in a three-month window from November 16, 2021 to February 19, 2022. The Vijay Hazare Trophy will take place from February 23, 2022 to March 26, 2022,” the statement further read.

The BCCI will also conduct Vinoo Mankad Trophy (National U-19 One-Day) and U-19 Challengers Trophy in between September to November. “The core probables for India U-19 will be selected from Vinoo Mankad and subsequently from the Challengers Trophy. If there are any exceptional performers in Cooch Behar, they will be added later on,” the BCCI said.

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