Indian domestic cricket season will resume from September 21 this year. The domestic season will resume after a gap of a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the schedule for the 2021-22 domestic cricket season on Saturday.
Syed Mushtaq Ali and Ranji Trophy is returning: BCCI
The domestic season will kick start with the Women’s One Day League, beginning September 21 this year. India’s domestic Twenty20 league the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy will begin on October 20. The final to be played on November 12.
BCCI in its media statement also said the Ranji Trophy will be played in a three-month window from November 2021 to February 2022. “The coveted Ranji Trophy, which was canceled last season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be played in a three-month window from November 16, 2021, to February 19, 2022,” the statement read.
The 50-over domestic league Vijay Hazare Trophy will start in February next year. “The Vijay Hazare Trophy will take place from February 23, 2022, to March 26, 2022,” the BCCI said. A total of 2127 matches will be played throughout the 2021-22 domestic season across all men’s and women’s age groups.
BCCI expressed confidence in making the domestic season successful while keeping the health and safety of everyone as their main priority. “The BCCI is confident of hosting the domestic season with health and safety of players and all people involved being paramount,” the statement read.