India domestic news July 20, 2012

Domestic season starts on September 21

ESPNcricinfo staff

The 2012-13 domestic season will begin with the Irani Cup in Jaipur, between September 21-25. The revamped Ranji Trophy will start on November 2, with the knockouts scheduled for January 2013. The top three teams from Group A and B, and the top two from Group C, will qualify for the quarter-finals of the Ranji Trophy.

The Irani Cup will be followed by the NKP Salve Challenger Trophy, a limited-overs tournament involving Bengal - the winners of the Vijay Hazare Trophy last season - and two other teams, and the inter-zonal Duleep Trophy, in October.

Twenty-seven Ranji teams have been divided into three groups of nine each. Defending champions Rajasthan are part of Group A, together with three other teams - Mumbai, Hyderabad and Madhya Pradesh - who qualified for the knockouts the previous season. Group B includes the runners-up Tamil Nadu, as well as Haryana, Maharashtra and Karnataka who made it to the knockouts last year. Each of the nine teams in Group C played in the Plate League last year.

"The initial plan was to have the top teams in one group but we decided to divide them to have two groups of more or less equal strength," Ratnakar Shetty, the chief administrative officer of the BCCI, told ESPNcricinfo. "We put those semi-finalists who didn't play each other last season in one group this time." Rajasthan and Haryana, who played the first semi-final last season, are in different groups, so are Mumbai and Tamil Nadu.

The selection for the other two teams of the NKP Salve Challenger Trophy, Shetty added, will be held roughly a week before the competition.

From next year onwards, the Irani Cup will be played after the Ranji Trophy.

The season will end with the remaining limited-overs tournaments: the Vijay Hazare Trophy, the Deodhar Trophy and finally, the Twenty20 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

The decision to adopt the current format for the domestic season was taken by the BCCI's working committee earlier this month, together with the approval to allow two bouncers an over in limited-overs matches and permit one bowler to bowl a maximum of 12 overs in a 50-over game. The proposals to tweak the rules and the format were made by the BCCI's technical committee, headed by Sourav Ganguly, earlier in the year.

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  • Deepak on July 21, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    @Vijay Manohar - My point is 'WHY have two WEAK teams in QFs??' Group C consists of the bottom 9 of the 27 teams.. Just to get the idea, equate Ranji Trophy to World Cup.Its like giving two Affiliate teams free tickets to the World Cup QFs (yes Affiliate, not even Associate!!!) Imagine Australia playing Uganda in the WC QFs and deserving teams like England, Pakistan, New Zealand missing out..!! I follow domestic cricket closely and know exactly how good (bad) the Plate division teams are.. If you still disagree with this point, then I don't have anything else to say.

  • Dummy4 on July 20, 2012, 22:24 GMT

    Bruisers... Its not very silly. the Group C top 2 teams will play the toppers Group A & B. So its most likely they will be knocked out unless a very strong performance. This also means every team in Group A n B will try to finish on top so they will be play a week Group C team n get them assured a Semi spot.

  • Deepak on July 20, 2012, 21:07 GMT

    Two plate division teams get direct entry to the QFs.. How silly is that. And take a look at Group B. We have six teams that truly deserve a QF berth in this group - Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Baroda. Three of these six teams will miss out on a QF spot while two undeserving teams from the Plate League gets through.. Never understood the logic behind this rubbish. And I bet there is no specific blueprint for the QF lineup, like who plays whom.. All that will be announced according to their likeness after the conclusion of the group stage which is very dubious.

  • Dummy4 on July 20, 2012, 20:59 GMT

    New format is great but I would only want one team to qualify for quaters from group c.

  • laxman on July 20, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    It makes little sense in qualifying teams from group C. Instead wild card entry should be given to the under19 team and a select 15 from the teams which fail to qualify.

  • Vikram on July 20, 2012, 15:00 GMT

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  • Praveen on July 20, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    Indian domestic is going to rock with new format and new rules. Love to watch domestic cricket now and also happy that Indian cricket will develop and also entertain spectators alongside.

  • Dummy4 on July 20, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    2 bouncer in one over allowed if i am correct India don't have a bowler who can deliver a single bouncer in an over so how can this going to happen .............

  • Nathan on July 20, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    Please also make the pitches for the matches to produce results. Ensure the pitches are lively with pace and bounce, so that it brings out the best of the batsmen and the bowlers. May be the top-4 teams from the plate group C were distributed among Group A and B, as it would have enabled them to perform better. The bottom four teams from the elite group should have been moved to Group-C, to provide added competition in Group-C.

  • Dummy4 on July 20, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    only way to improve ranji is to allow two foriegn player in each team

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