Now that the April AtoZ challenge is over. I can finally get back to writing about Cricket, Wrestling, Video Games and other dark stuff that no body cares about. First up, is the continuation to my coverage of the Indian Domestic Cricket tournaments. In the first 2 parts of the series, we covered the Ranji Trophy, followed by Duleep and the Irani Trophy. Today we would take a look at the limited overs tournaments that are organized by the BCCI in a typical Indian cricket year.
Jump directly by clicking on the tournament name below, or read through them one by one:
This is the Limited over equivalent to the Ranji Trophy in India. In fact it is often referred to as the ‘Ranji One Day Trophy’. Started in 2002-03, and named after the famous cricketer Vijay Hazare; the competition is played by the same teams that take part in the Ranji Trophy. All the teams are first divided into zones, where they play each other once. Once the round robin stages are over, 4 runners up (who had the worst stats) compete in a pre quater final, the 2 winners then join the already qualified 6 (the top one from each group and the top performing runners up) in the quaterfinals.
|Central||Madhya Pradesh, Railways, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Vidarbha|
|East||Assam, Bengal, Jharkhand, Orissa, Tripura|
|North||Delhi, Harayana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Services|
|South||Andhra Pradesh, Goa, Hyderabad, Karanataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu|
|West||Baroda, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Mumbai, Saurashtra|
All matches are 50 overs a side affair with all international cricket rules applied (except for DRS of course). The tournament is traditionally played after the end of the Ranji season, and allows the Indian players to step up a gear and prepare for the congested limited over calendar staring at them. The tournament is a recent addition to the Indian circuit, and does not have a impressive pedigree. While Ranji remains the main proving ground for any Indian cricket hopeful, the Vijay Hazare does not provide the same platform to its performers. Nevertheless, it still remains the top domestic limited overs honor in our country.
|2002–03||Tamil Nadu |
|2004–05||Tamil Nadu/Uttar Pradesh |
|2008–09||Tamil Nadu |
|2009–10||Tamil Nadu |
The Challengers Trophy as it is more popularly known, is perhaps the most televised and publicised domestic tournament (after the IPL of course) in India. 3 teams named India Red, India Green and India Blue (formely India A, India B and India Seniors respectively) compete in a triangular tournament named after NKP Salve, the man responsible for bringing the Cricket World Cup to India for the first time in 1996.
|1998-99||India A / India B|
|2006-07||India Blue / India Red|
|2011-12||India Red / India Green|
|2012-13 ||India B |
The tournament started in the 1994-95 season, and is traditionally played in October, before the Ranji Trophy. All 3 teams are all stars, and contain a splattering of veterans, fringe players and upstarts from the Indian Cricket Scene. The matches are televised and are eagelry followed by cricket enthusiast who like to keep a tab on upcoming talents to look out for. In the wake of IPL, the Challengers trophy has lost a bit of its sheen, but it still hasn’t lost it relevance. Getting selected into one of the 3 sides, is like getting named in a tentative squad for the next international tour.
This is exactly what it sounds like. BCCI holds an yearly 50 over a side tournament featuring corporate teams. These teams can feature Indian cricketers, but only if they are employed by that particular company (see how clever that is, almost like a welfare scheme setup by the BCCI for their cricketers) for eg. Cheteshwar Pujara plays for Indian Oil and is on their payroll, similarly MS Dhoni holds a managerial postion in India Cement (owned by N.Srinivasan, who also owns Chennai Super Kings, and is the current BCCI president).
The tournament has a cash prize of Rs. 1 crore for the winners and Rs. 50 lakhs for the runners up. Initially, the tournament took place in September, but the most recent edition took place in late Feburary. There are 16 teams in the tournament (as per 2013-14 schedule) divided into 4 groups, allowing for 8 teams to duke it out in the quaterfinals beyond.
The trophy is a T20 tournament, and no this is not IPL’s real name. The tournament which is the last domestic tournament to take place before the IPL carnival begins is named after the famous cricketer Syed Mustaq, and was started in 2009-10 season.
It involves state based teams, again divided into zonal groups (2 and not 5, as is the norm in India) and is played under the T20 rules. It is a hush hush “You blink and its over” tournament, and you would rarely find it in the newspaper. It is like the under appreciated little borther to the IPL, and currently serves as gear changing exercise for various Indian cricketers to get into the T20 mode before the IPL begins.
Well, that rounds up the limited overs domestic tournaments that take part in India. There are loads of under 18 and under 21 tournaments out there as well, but these are the premier List A and above tournaments under the BCCI umbrella. Join me next week, as we take a look and try to explain the media monster that is IPL.Please comment and ask if you have any doubts about the format of any of the above tournaments. Also feel free to let me know if I have made any mistakes, or should have included more information.
All information above is from Wikipedia and ESPN Cricinfo.