Ranji Trophy to start from January 5, Mushtaq Ali T20 tourney from October 27, Vijay Hazare from December 1


The Indian cricket board has scheduled a revamped Ranji Trophy for the 2021-22 season from January 5 to March 20 next year after it released a revised schedule to the state cricket bodies.

The Ranji Trophy wasn’t held during last season due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the logistical obstacles faced having an extended bio-bubble for 38 teams.

The senior men’s cricket will commence from October 27 with the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, which will be held after the Indian Premier League.

The Vijay Hazare Trophy 50 over tournament will be played from December 1 to 29th.

Unlike previous years, this time there will be uniformity in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20s, Ranji Trophy and Vijay Hazare one-dayers. There will be five Elite groups, with each group comprising six teams, in each tournament. There will be one Plate group of eight teams.

The winner of the five Elite groups will make it directly to the quarter-finals. The second-placed teams from each Elite group and the winner of the Plate group will play three pre-quarter finals and the three winners will complete the quarter-final line-up.

The senior women will play their first tournament — National One Day — from October 20 to November 20.

The season starts with women’s and men’s U-19 one dayers (Vinoo Mankad) starting September 20 and it would be followed by U-19 challenger trophy for both women and men starting October 25 and 26th respectively.

The U-25 (State A) One dayers will be held from November 9 to December 10 while the CK Nayudu Trophy (also U-25 from previous year’s U-23) will start from January 6.

For CK Nayudu, there will be five Elite Groups of six teams each and one Plate group of seven teams.


Women’s under-19 (One-Day): September 20 to October 18

Vinoo Mankad Trophy (Men’s U-19 One-Day): September 20 to October 18

Men’s Challenger Trophy (U-19): October 26 to November 9

Women Challenger Trophy (U-19): October 25 to November 6

Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy: October 27 to November 22

Senior Women’s One Day: October 20 to November 20

Men State A One Day: November 9 to December 10

Vijay Hazare Trophy (Men One-Day): December 1 to December 29

Senior Women’s Challenger Trophy: November 26 to December 8

Ranji Trophy: January 5 to March 20

Cooch Behar Trophy (Men U-19): November 21 to February 2

Col CK Nayudu Trophy (Men 4-day, U-25): January 6 to April 2

Senior Women’s T20: February 20 to March 23

Vijay Merchant Trophy (Men U-16): November-December

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