Ranji Trophy 2021-22: The BCCI is planning to hold knockout matches in Bengaluru. The knockout games will take place between May 30 and June 26.
In the group stages of the 2021-22 Ranji Trophy, some of India’s most promising cricketers delivered spectacular performances as well as record-breaking individual brilliance. The top eight teams are qualified for the knockout rounds, which will be held after the IPL 2022. The defending champions, Saurashtra, already eliminated.
Meanwhile, All knockout matches in the ongoing Ranji Trophy will most likely be held entirely in Bengaluru. However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has yet to officially announce the decision. This time, Madhya Pradesh, Bengal, Karnataka, Mumbai, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, and Jharkhand will compete in the knockouts.
According to Cricbuzz, the BCCI decided to make this decision “internally” due to the weather in Bengaluru in June. At the same time, the national cricket board has made the decision, keeping in mind that the monsoon season begins in the Karnataka capital only around July.
The Ranji Trophy knockouts will take place between May 30 and June 26.
There will be seven matches in the knockouts: quarterfinals, semifinals, and the final. The matches will take place immediately following the conclusion of the IPL 2022, from May 30 to June 26. The Ranji Trophy for this year was originally schedule to begin on January 13. But it is force to be postpone by more than a month due to an outbreak of the COVID-19 Omicron variant in the country.
There were fears that the Ranji Trophy would be cancel once more. However, after state cricket associations requested it, the BCCI devised a new format, and the tournament finally began on February 17. With the reigning champions Saurashtra unable to defend their title, it remains to be seen which of these eight teams will go all the way and be crowned Ranji Trophy champions this year after a one-year hiatus since the 2019-20 edition.