Thirty-eight states will eye top finish in the Vijay Hazare Trophy that starts September 24. The domestic one-day competition will mark the beginning of the 2019-20 season across four cities.
Bengaluru, Jaipur and Vadodara will host the Elite group matches. The Plate group teams will play each other in Dehradun.
Last year, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had introduced nine new states — Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Sikkim, Puducherry, Bihar and Uttarakhand — in the domestic season.
Among the group, Bihar earned a promotion to Elite while Chandigarh is the new entrant. Punjab boys Manan Vohra and Uday Kaul are some of the big names in the Chandigarh camp.
Defending champion Mumbai will rely on Suryakumar Yadav, Siddhesh Lad and Dhawal Kulkarni to continue the momentum in absence of star players Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane, who will be on national duty this time.
Among the new developments, India international Stuart Binny has joined Nagaland. It will be interesting to track his contribution for a side that is one-season old.
The venue for the knockouts — starting October 20 — along with the final on October 25 is yet to be decided.
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