BCCI unveils two-phased plan for Ranji Trophy

The 2022 Ranji Trophy will be held over two phases, amongst February 10 and June 26, in 9 venues throughout India.

The initial phase of the match – the league phase – will attribute 38 groups and 57 matches, among February 10 and March 15. The knockouts will be held following the conclusion of IPL 2022, and will have seven matches between Might 30 and June 26.

In a letter sent to associates of the board, BCCI secretary Jay Shah discussed that the revised routine was designed to “mitigate any cross-transmission danger while also making certain bio-protected bubbles are not overburdened.”

Overall, the match will have 64 matches performed in 62 days, with groups divided into nine teams – Eight Elite and a single Plate. The Elite group will consist of four teams, and the Plate Team will have six teams. Through the league section, each group will enjoy a few matches Elite teams will confront all the other sides in their team, when the Plate groups will perform only in opposition to three sides from theirs.

The BCCI also explained that the best 7 teams amongst the eight Elite Team toppers would qualify specifically for the quarter-finals, even though the cheapest ranked workforce would enjoy a pre-quarterfinal match against the Plate Team topper.

A BCCI official advised ESPNcricinfo that the rating get of the eight Elite Group toppers is very likely to be decided centered on points, followed by outright wins, adopted by the quotient. It is probably that the quotient could be the identifying component in figuring out which workforce performs the pre-quarterfinal, given that with only a few game titles to be performed, several groups could be tied on details and wins. The quotient is identified by dividing the team’s batting normal by their bowling typical. A higher quantity is much better.*

The pre-quarterfinal will be played during the league period, which will close ahead of the start off of the IPL on March 27.

The Elite Team matches will be held throughout Rajkot, Cuttack, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Trivandrum, Delhi, Haryana and Guwahati, whilst all the Plate matches will consider position only in Kolkata.

The Ranji Trophy was initially scheduled to start out on January 13, but experienced to be postponed indefinitely since of increasing Covid-19 cases in India. When making the final decision to keep the Ranji Trophy, Shah stated that restoration prices from the third wave of the pandemic had been encouraging, but the BCCI would keep on to have bio-safe bubbles for the match to mitigate any hazards.

“Ever due to the fact the determination on postponement was created, the board was functioning on numerous designs to ensure that the event requires place as shortly as the natural environment is risk-free and conducive,” Shah experienced written in a letter to point out associations. “We will continue on to have bio-secure bubbles to mitigate any likely hazard. The board is committed to delivering a balanced and safe atmosphere and seeks your aid in making certain a risk-free tournament for all our essential stakeholders.”

Very last season, the pandemic performed spoilsport as the BCCI only held the two men’s white-ball tournaments – Vijay Hazare Trophy and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. As a outcome, the BCCI paid out 50% of the previously match expenses as compensation to all 1st-class cricketers who had endured fiscal losses.

*This copy was amended to include the position requirements for the Elite Group groups at 4.00pm GMT.