Ranji Trophy to start on 13th January, final to be held in Kolkata.

BCCI is intending to begin the Ranji Trophy from January 13. Following a five-day isolate and two-day practice, the groups, partitioned into six gatherings, will play their matches in Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Trivandrum and Chennai.

Kolkata has been held for the knockouts which are planned to begin on February 20 after one more round of five-day isolate. The five-day quarter-finals are from February 28 to March 3 and the semi-finals will be from March 8 to 12. The last has been booked for March 16-20.

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In a comprehensive timetable of the homegrown season, coursed among the state units on Monday (August 30), the BCCI has additionally educated the groups about the groupings. There are six gatherings, including five Elite ones of six groups each and one plate bunch comprising of eight groups.

Gathering C seems, by all accounts, to be the gathering of death with previous bosses and homegrown forces to be reckoned with Mumbai, Karnataka and Delhi clubbed together alongside Hyderabad, Maharashtra (additionally previous heroes) and Uttarakhand. Reigning champs Saurashtra are in Elite D gathering with Tamil Nadu, Railways, J&K, Jharkhand and Goa.

The dissemination of the full timetable settles theory on whether the Ranji Trophy will be held this season by any means. It must be dropped last year due to the pandemic.

The Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 competition begins on November 4 at six focuses – Lucknow, Guwahati, Baroda, Delhi, Haryana (city not referenced) and Vijayawada. The knockouts will be in Delhi from November 16 with the last scheduled for November 22. The BCCI has not insinuated the settings of the Vijay Hazare Trophy 50-over contest. It will run from December 8 to 27.

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The Men’s State A one-day contest is from November 20 to December 10 with matches in Rajkot, Pondicherry, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mohali and Guwahati. The knockouts have been distributed to Bangalore. Men’s Under-25 four-day title for the CK Nayudu Trophy is from January 28 to March 31 with matches occurring at Nagpur, Hyderabad, Vijaywada, Mohali, Jaipur and Ranchi. Vijaywada will have the knockouts.

Ranji Trophy Groupings:

Elite A: Gujarat, Punjab, Himachal, Madhya Pradesh, Services and Assam (in Mumbai)

Elite B: Bengal, Vidarbha, Rajasthan, Kerala, Haryana and Tripura (in Bangalore)

Elite C: Karnataka, Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Maharashtra and Uttarakhand (in Kolkata)

Elite D: Saurashtra, Tamil Nadu, Railways, J & K, Jharkhand and Goa (in Ahmedabad)

Elite E: Andhra, Uttar Pradesh, Baroda, Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Pondicherry (in Trivandurm)

Plate: Chandigarh, Meghalaya, Bihar, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Sikkim, Arunachal (in Chennai)

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