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BCCI confirms the schedule of Indian domestic cricket for 2021-22 season

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced the schedule for the 2021-22 domestic season. Last season, not much cricket was played in India due to the outbreak of COVID-19. However, this time around, the whole season has been announced with Senior Men’s, Women’s, U19, U23 – all players to be in action from September 2021 to April 2022.

The season is set to commence on September 21 this year with the Senior Women’s One Day League and will be followed by the Senior Women’s One Day Challenger Trophy, which will take place from October 27, 2021. As for Senior Men, the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, T20 tournament, will get underway on October 20 with the final to be played on November 12.

The coveted first-class tournament, Ranji Trophy, was cancelled last season due to complexities in maintaining the bio-bubble. However, the competition will take place this season and will be played in a three-month window from November 16, 2021 to February 19, 2022. Vijay Hazare Trophy, Men’s One-Day competition, is set to be played from February 23, 2022 to March 26, 2022 which will be the end of the season.

Total 2127 matches to be played

BCCI has also confirmed that overall 2127 matches will be played across all levels in the next domestic season which is a huge boost to the cricketers in the country. The board is also confident that all the matches can be organised safely.

“A total of 2127 domestic games will be played this season across various age groups in the men’s & women’s category.The BCCI is confident of hosting the domestic season with health and safety of players and all people involved being paramount,” the board said in a statement.

Here’s the complete breakdown of the domestic schedule for 2021-22 season

Men’s

Category Tournament Start Date End Date No. of Matches
Men’s Senior Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy 20 October, 2021 12 November 2021 149
Ranji Trophy 16 November, 2021 19 February, 2022 177
Vijay Hazare Trophy 23 February 2022 26 March, 2022 169
Men’s U23 CK Nayudu Trophy 18 November 2021 12 February, 2022 160
Men’s State A One-Day 23 February, 2022 26 March, 2022 160
Men’s U19 Vinoo Mankad Trophy 28 September, 2021 29 October, 2021 152
Men’s U19 One-Day Challenger 3 November, 2021 9 November, 2021 7
Men’s U16 Cooch Behar Trophy 14 November, 2021 7 February, 2022 152
Vijay Merchant Trophy U16 1 October, 2021 6 December, 2021 102

Women’s

Category Tournament Start Date End Date No. of Matches
Women’s Senior One-Day League 21 September, 2021 22 October, 2021 160
One-Day Challenger Trophy 27 October, 2021 31 October, 2021 4
T20 League 19 March, 2022 11 April, 2022 142
Women’s U23 T20 League 17 January, 2022 7 February, 2022 142
One-Day League 11 February, 2022 15 March, 2022 160
Women’s U19 One-Day League 1 October, 2021 31 October, 2021 152
T20 League 4 November, 2021 27 November, 2021 135
One-Day Challenger Trophy 1 December, 2021 5 December, 2021 4

How are the teams split in groups in One-Day and Multi-Day tournaments?

Category Tournament No. of Teams Elite A Elite B Elite C Plate
Men’s Senior Vijay Hazare Trophy 38 9 9 10 10
Ranji Trophy 38 9 9 10 10
Men’s U23 CK Nayudu Trophy 37 9 9 9 10
State One-Day League 37 9 9 9 10
Men’s U19 Vinoo Mankad Trophy 36 9 9 8 10
Cooch Behar Trophy 36 9 9 8 10
Women’s Senior One-Day League 37 9 9 9 10
Women’s U23 One-Day League 36 9 9 8 10
Women’s U19 One-Day League 36 9 9 8 10

How are the teams split in T20 tournaments?

Category Tournament No. of Teams Group A Group B Group C Group D Group E
Men’s Senior Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 38 7 7 8 8 8
Women’s Senior T20 league 37 7 7 7 8 8
Women’s U23 T20 League 36 7 7 7 7 8
Women’s U19 T20 League 36 7 7 7 7 8

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