The Indian Cricket Domestic Circuit: Part 3

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:

Vijay Hazare Trophy

Bengal's Laxmi Ratan Shukla with Vijay Hazare Trophy <pre>[Source:]
Bengal’s Laxmi Ratan Shukla with Vijay Hazare Trophy

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.

Zone Teams
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.

Year Winner
2002–03 Tamil Nadu [2]
2003–04 Mumbai [2]
2004–05 Tamil Nadu/Uttar Pradesh [2]
2005–06 Railways
2006–07 Mumbai [2]
2007–08 Saurashtra [3]
2008–09 Tamil Nadu [4]
2009–10 Tamil Nadu [5]
2010–11 Jharkhand [6]
2011–12 Bengal [7]
2012–13 Delhi [8]

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NKP Salve Challenger Trophy


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.

Year Winner
1994-95 India Seniors
1995-96 India Seniors
1996-97 India Seniors
1997-98 India Seniors
1998-99 India A / India B
1999-00 India Seniors
2000-01 India Seniors
2001-02 India A
2002-03 Not played
2003-04 India A
2004-05 India A
2005-06 India Seniors
2006-07 India Blue / India Red
2007-08 India Blue
2008-09 India Blue
2009-10 India Red
2010-11 India Blue
2011-12 India Red / India Green
2012-13 [4] India B [5]

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.

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BCCI Corporate Trophy

Wasi Jaffer with Corporate Trophy {source:}
Wasi Jaffer with Corporate Trophy

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).

Click here for the result of this year’s Corporate Trophy

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.

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Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy

The Pathan brothers with the Syed Mustaq Trophy {source:}
The Pathan brothers with the Syed Mustaq Trophy

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.

Name Home ground
Andhra Cricket Association ACA/VDCA Stadium, Vishakhapatnam
Assam Cricket Association Nehru Stadium, Guwahati
Baroda Cricket Association Moti Bagh Stadium, Vadodara
Bengal Cricket Association Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Delhi & District Cricket Association Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
Goa Cricket Association Dr R Prasad Stadium, Margao
Gujarat Cricket Association Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad
Haryana Cricket Association Devi Lal Stadium, Gurgaon
Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association HPCA Stadium, Dharamsala
Hyderabad Cricket Association Gymkhana Ground, Secunderabad
Jammu and Kashmir Sher-i-Kashmir Stadium, Srinagar
Jharkhand Cricket Association1 Keenan Stadium, Jamshedpur
Karnataka State Cricket Association M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Kerala Cricket Association Fort Maidan, Palakkad
Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association Maharani Usharaje Trust Cricket Ground, Indore
Maharashtra Cricket Association Nehru Stadium, Pune
Mumbai Cricket Association Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Orissa Cricket Association Barabati Stadium, Cuttack
Punjab Cricket Association Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali
Rajasthan Cricket Association KL Saini Ground, Jaipur
Saurashtra Cricket Association Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground, Rajkot
Tamil Nadu Cricket Association M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Tripura Cricket Association Maharaja Bir Bikram College Stadium, Agartala
Uttar Pradesh K. D. Singh Babu Stadium, Lucknow
Vidarbha Cricket Association VCA Ground, Nagpur

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.

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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.


4 thoughts on “The Indian Cricket Domestic Circuit: Part 3

    • Yes have been meaning to get back to this series. You seem to be its only reader. Not that I complaining 😛 Now onwards to the IPL


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