India’s Domestic Season to start in September, Ranji Trophy to be played from Nov-Feb

Domestic Cricket Season

What comes as a major boost for domestic cricket is that the 2021-2022 season of domestic cricket will kickstart in India with Senior Women’s One Day League. The BCCI on Saturday announced that the Senior Women’s One Day League will start on September 21.

The Ranji Trophy which was canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19 will now be played in a three-month window from November 16, 2021, to February 19, 2022. The Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy will be the first event of the men’s competitions which will be played from October 20 to November 12. While India’s 50 over tournament Vijay Hazare Trophy will begin from February 23, 2022, to March 26, 2022.

Both these tournaments were held last year with Tamil Nadu winning the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and Mumbai emerging victorious in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. A total count of 2127 domestic matches will be played in the upcoming season across various age groups for men & women. A total of 38 teams will participate in the Ranji Trophy, Vijay Hazare Trophy, and the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, while 37 teams will feature in the senior women’s one day and T20 leagues.

“The BCCI is confident of hosting the domestic season with health and safety of players and all people involved being paramount,” Jay Shah, the BCCI secretary, said in a release. The announcement of the beginning of the domestic tournaments will provide a major relief to several cricketers who have struggled during the pandemic times. Their payments were severely affected last year due to the cancellation of the first-class season. Thus the BCCI has recently announced the formation of a committee to look into their compensation issues to ease the struggle they have been going through since the outbreak of COVID-19

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