Ranji Trophy knockouts to start from June 4 in Bengaluru

Mumbai will face Uttarakhand, while Karnataka will take on Uttar Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy quarterfinals.

File photo | According to the BCCI guidelines, the knockouts will be played in a soft biosecure bubble.   -  VIJAY SONEJI

Mumbai will face Uttarakhand, while Karnataka will take on Uttar Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy quarterfinals, to be played in Bengaluru from June 4. The final will be played from June 20 to 24.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India secretary Jay Shah wrote to the participating teams with a detailed itinerary and staging association guidelines. Bengal will square off against Jharkhand while Punjab is pitted against Madhya Pradesh in the remaining two quarterfinals.

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According to the BCCI guidelines, accessed by Sportstar, the knockouts will be played in a soft biosecure bubble.

There will be an option for the players to share the room in the Ranji knockouts, like the recently-concluded Col. C.K. Nayudu Trophy and the ongoing Senior Women’s T20 Championship.

Ever since the pandemic hit, the domestic players were prohibited from sharing rooms.

Despite Bengaluru having five grounds with First Class stadium, it will be interesting to see if the schedule is further tweaked to ensure the final is played at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, the only broadcast-friendly facility.

Chinnaswamy Stadium is scheduled to host India’s T20I versus South Africa on June 19. With the final announced for June 20, either it will have to be postponed by a couple of days or be played at a smaller venue with digital streaming arrangements.

The schedule

Quarterfinals: June 4-8; Semifinals: June 12-16; Final: June 20-24.

The draw:

First quarterfinal: Bengal vs Jharkhand

Second quarterfinal: Mumbai vs Uttarakhand

Third quarterfinal: Karnataka vs Uttar Pradesh

Fourth quarterfinal: Punjab vs Madhya Pradesh

First semifinal: Winner of QF 1 vs Winner of QF 4

Second semifinal: Winner of QF 2 vs Winner of QF 3

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