The BCCI plans to get its domestic season underway in September this year with the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament. Furthermore, BCCI has allotted a three-month window to the Ranji Trophy from December. The Ranji Trophy or India’s first-class competition had to be abandoned the past season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
While the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament and Ranji Trophy are part of the tentative calendar of the cricket operations team, the Duleep Trophy, Deodhar Trophy, and Irani Cup are not. Apart from that, five women’s competitions have also been scrapped from the schedule.
Ranji Trophy, India’s first-class tournament, which got abandoned for the first time in 87 years in 2020, has earned a slot between December and March. The BCCI has also accommodated the U-23 tournaments for men and women alongside the U-19 competitions, which could not occur in the last season.
The performances in the U-19 One-day Challenger tournament, along with Cooch Behar and Vinoo Mankad Trophy, form the basis of the selection of India’s colts team for the U-19 World Cup next year. Women’s T20 and ODI Challenger Trophy would not be conducted along with these tournaments’ Under-23 events, while the U-19 Women’s T20 Challenger games would not take place either.
The tentative calendar year prepared by the BCCI:
Syed Mushtaq Ali (T20) (Mid Sept-Oct, ’21) Vijay Hazare Trophy (One Day) (November, ’21) Ranji Trophy (First-class) (Dec ’21-Mar ’22)
National U-23 One Day (Mid Oct-Nov, ’21) CK Nayudu Trophy (days format) (Dec, ’21-March ’22) Boys’
Vinoo Mankad (One Day) (October, ’21) U-19 One Day Challenger (November, ’21) Cooch Behar (Multi Day) (Nov ’21-Jan ’22)
Vijay Merchant Trophy (Multi Day) (October -December, ’21)
Senior Women’s T20 League (October, ’21) Senior Women’s One Day league (November, ’21)
Women’s U-23 T20 League (December, ’21) Women’s U-23 One Day League (January, ’22)
U-19 T20 League (January, ’22) U-19 One Day League (last week of March, ’22) Inter Zonal University Cricket Vizzy Tropy (Men) (April, 2022).