The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) has revised the domestic cricket schedule for 2021-2022. The upcoming Ranji Trophy is scheduled to play between Jan 5th 2022, and Mar 20th 2022. The Syed Mushtaq Ali T20s is scheduled from Oct 27th to Nov 22nd, while Vijay Hazare One day matches are scheduled from Dec 1st to Dec 29th.
These postponements are due to the request for extra time from state boards to prepare for the tournaments cancelled due to a pandemic last year.
Additionally, every squad across all tournaments can have a maximum of 30 members, among which 10 are support stands, and the remaining are the players,
Outlining the details of the Ranji Trophy, BCCI secretary Jay Shah stated in a letter to the state bodies, “The BCCI is working closely with the Government of India, state regulatory authorities, and other relevant stakeholders to ensure that our sport achieves a collaborative solution. With this, there is a combined objective for a complete BCCI Domestic Cricket Season 2021-22 to be played, enabling us to maintain the integrity of each competition.”
He has also mentioned in the letter that the BCCI will go ahead with the scheduled domestic tournament for both men and women from September 2021.
Sources say that this time, all three tournaments will follow the same changed format.
The format is that there will be five elite groups where each group comprises six teams in each tournament. Additionally, there will be a plate group of 8 teams.
The winner of the five elite groups will enter into the quarter-finals, and the teams that come second in the elite lineup and the winner of the plate group will play three pre-quarterfinals. The three winners who will emerge from these matches will compete in the quarter-finals.