BCCI set to reintroduce Duleep Trophy and Irani Cup

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BCCI set to reintroduce Duleep Trophy and Irani Cup

The Board of Cricket Control for India (BCCI) is set to reintroduce the traditional domestic tournaments, Duleep Trophy and Irani Cup. The flagship domestic tournaments were last held in 2019 before the coronavirus pandemic.

Duleep Trophy is an inter-zonal championship where three teams namely India Red, India Blue, and India Green, or five BCCI designated zones battle it out for the trophy. The tournament is based on a round-robin format where 50-over games take place. India Red are the defending champions.

Irani Cup on the other side is a traditional five-day first-class game between the winners of the Ranji Trophy and the Rest of India. Madhya Pradesh won the recently concluded Ranji Trophy season and will likely host the fixture. The BCCI hosted its Annual General Meeting on July 21 in Mumbai. A list of key decisions was taken along with the comeback of Duleep Trophy and the Irani Cup.

The Duleep trophy 2022 will be conducted from 8th September to 25th September 2022 whereas the Irani Trophy will be held from 1st to 5th October. BCCI is yet to finalize the venues for both trophies and will likely arrive at a decision soon.

Another prominent decision taken by the BCCI at the AGM was the schedule of the Ranji Trophy 2022-23. The upcoming edition of the pivotal traditional tournament will begin on 13th December, where the league stage will end on 28th January and the knockouts will be conducted from 1st to 28th February 2023.

Here is the schedule of other key domestic tournaments:

  1. Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (T-20): 11th October to 22nd November 
  2. Vijay Hazare Trophy (One-Day): 12th November to 2nd December 
  3. Col CK Nayudu Trophy: 1st to 25th January 2023
  4. Vinoo Mankad Trophy: 7th to 23rd October
  5. Cooch Behar Trophy (U-19): 5th November 2022 to 3rd January 2023
  6. Vijay Merchant Trophy (U-16): 1st December 2022 to 20th January 2023

Women’s Domestic Circuit 

Senior Women’s T-20 Trophy: 11th October to 5th November 

Senior Women’s T-20 Challengers Trophy: 20th to 26th November 

Senior Women’s Inter-Zonal Championship: 12th to 21st February 2023

Women’s T-20 Trophy (U-23): 3rd to 23rd February 2023

Women’s One-Day Trophy (U-23): 26th February to 18th March 2023

Women’s U-19 One Day Trophy: 7th to 23rd December 2023

Women’s U-16 One Day Trophy: 26th December 2022 to 3rd January 2023

Meanwhile, the BCCI has also finalized the schedule for the Australian and South African tour of India that will be hosted in September and October. Here are the details:

 Australia T-20 Series

  • 1st T-20: 20th September, Mohali
  • 2nd T-20: 23rd September, Nagpur
  • 3rd T-20: 25th September, Hyderabad

South Africa T20I Series-

  • 1st T-20: 28th September, Thiruvananthapuram
  • 2nd T-20: 1st October, Guwahati
  • 3rd T-20: 3rd October, Indore

South Africa ODI Series-

  • 1st ODI: 6th October, Ranchi
  • 2nd ODI: 9th October, Lucknow
  • 3rd ODI: 11th October, Delhi

Asia Cup shifted to the United Arab Emirates:

A prominent decision taken at the BCCI AGM was the moving of the Asia Cup from Sri Lanka to UAE. Uncertainty was looming over Sri Lanka’s right to host as the political crisis worsened in the island nation. BCCI President Sourav Ganguly confirmed at the apex meeting that the tournament will be held in UAE where there are least chances of rains.

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