The potential of the Ranji Trophy being staged this season is again on the radar.
The BCCI apex council final week was divided on whether or not to stage the Ranji Trophy or the Vijay Hazare Trophy, the inter-State home one-day match.
However The Hindu understands that phrase amongst a number of the distinguished State associations is that the Ranji Trophy is “roughly finalised” and a truncated version of India’s premier First Class match could also be held from the third week of February.
Though the BCCI has remained tight-lipped on the topic, it’s more likely to make a proper announcement on Monday.
In actual fact, it’s learnt that Bengal and Kerala are set to coach with the pink ball of their respective preparatory camps, anticipating the announcement of the Ranji Trophy schedule. One other southern big has deliberate two three-day apply video games.
The match is more likely to be carried out alongside the strains of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, with every group taking part in 5 league video games. With the league stage — to be held in six cities — set to conclude round March 25, it’s nonetheless unsure whether or not the knockout stage will conflict with the IPL or be scheduled after the T20 league.
(With inputs from Shayan Acharya)