The Ranji Trophy for the season 2021-22 is set to take place in two phases. The BCCI revealed the Itenary for the two phases. The first phase which will be played before the IPL will commence from February 10. The second phase, which would be played post the IPL, will be played from May 30.
The first phase of the tournament – the league stage – will feature 38 teams and 57 matches, between February 10 and March 15. The second phase of the league will feature the knockout stage and will have seven matches between May 30 and June 26.
The Ranji Trophy will be played across nine venues. The Elite Group matches are set to be held across Rajkot, Cuttack, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Trivandrum, Delhi, Haryana, and Guwahati. Whereas all the Plate matches will take place only in Kolkata.
Across the two phases, the tournament will have 64 matches played in 62 days. The teams are divided into nine groups- Eight Elite and one Plate. The Elite group will consist of four teams, and the Plate will consist of six. During the league phase, each team will play three matches. The Elite teams will face all the other sides in their group, while the Plate teams will play only against three sides from their group.
Jay Shah assures the cricket boards about the resumption of the Ranji Trophy
BCCI secretary Jay Shah had written a letter to all state associations and ensured them about the resumption of the Ranji Trophy in a safe environment. Earlier, the pandemic played spoilsport as the BCCI only held the two men’s white-ball tournaments – Vijay Hazare Trophy and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. As a result, the BCCI paid 50% of the earlier match fees as compensation to all first-class cricketers who had endured financial losses.
“Ever since the decision on postponement was made, the board was working on several models to ensure that the tournament takes place as soon as the environment is safe and conducive,” Shah had written in a letter to state associations.
“We will continue to have bio-secure bubbles to mitigate any potential risk. The board is committed to providing a healthy and secure environment and seeks your support in ensuring a safe tournament for all our key stakeholders.”
• BCCI unveils the Itenary for the two phases of the Ranji Trophy.
• the First phase begins on 10 February and the second phase will resume from 30 May.