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BCCI Decides To Resume Ranji Trophy, Dates To be Announced Soon

The first part of the tournament will be played before the Indian Premier League and the second phase will be after the T20 league is over.

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Bengal players pose for a photo after winning the Ranji Trophy semifinal against Karnataka at Eden Garden in Kolkata on March 3, 2020. (Photo: ANI)

New Delhi: Ranji Trophy, India’s premier domestic cricket tournament, will be back soon. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to hold the Ranji Trophy in phases in the next few months.

Sources have told India Ahead that the Indian cricket board officer bearers on Thursday took the call to restart the Covid-hit tournament. Ranji Trophy was suspended for the first time in late 2021 and then twice in early January 2022 due to the raging Covid-19 pandemic.

According to the plan discussed by the BCCI officials, the Ranji Trophy will be organised in two phases. The first part of the tournament will be played before the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the second phase will be after the T20 league is over.

Since the 15th edition of IPL is likely to be played from March-end till May, the first part of the Ranji Trophy could start in early February and continue till mid-March. The second part of the tournament including the knock-out rounds could be played from June.

The BCCI will announce the dates of the thrice-postponed 2021-22 Ranji Trophy soon. The tournament’s original date was November 16, 2021 to February 19, 2022. It was postponed and the new date for it to start was January 5, 2022.

It was postponed for the second time and rescheduled to start on January 13, 2022. But the BCCI decided to postpone the tournament yet again due to a massive surge in COVID-19 cases across the country.

The earlier schedule had matches across six cities – Kolkata, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Thiruvananthapuram, Chennai, and Ahmedabad.

A total of 38 teams take part in the tournament, which is named after Ranjitsinhji. He was the first Indian player who played international cricket. Saurashtra had won the last edition held in 2019-20 defeating Bengal in the final.

With Covid cases rising, the BCCI had also postponed the Vijay Merchant Trophy (Under-16) and stopped the Coach-Behar Trophy (Under19) mid-way. The CK Nayudu Trophy and Senior Women’s T20 League for the 2021-22 season had also been postponed.