The much-delayed Indian home season will get underway on January 10 with the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, the home T20 competitors. That’s the first home match in India because the finish of the 2019-2020 Ranji Trophy final March. The severity of the Covid-19 pandemic in India has posed a large problem for the BCCI to conduct any cricket in any respect. In the mean time, solely the Mushtaq Ali trophy has been scheduled as a part of the home calendar, which might effectively be restricted to simply white-ball video games.
The T20 match will likely be vastly important this 12 months, not only for the IPL public sale, which is probably going on February 11, however for the brand new senior choice committee to attract up a wider pool of gamers for the T20 World Cup, which will likely be performed in India later this 12 months.
Right here, we lay out all the important thing particulars you need to know in regards to the match.
When and the place will the matches be performed?
The match – a complete of 169 matches – will likely be performed between January 10 and 31 throughout seven venues. The group section, to be performed until January 19, will likely be carried out in bio-secure bubbles throughout Mumbai, Vadodara, Indore, Kolkata, Bengaluru and Chennai.
The knockouts will likely be performed after a spot, from January 26, in Ahmedabad, on the new Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, the biggest cricket floor on the planet when it comes to capability. The quarter-finals are on January 26 and 27, adopted by the 2 semi-finals on January 29, and the ultimate two days later.
Will spectators be allowed to enter?
No, the match will likely be performed behind closed doorways.
What number of groups are in motion and what will likely be format?
There are 38 groups in motion, they usually have been divided into six teams: 5 elite and one plate. The elite teams have six groups every, whereas eight new groups – barring Puducherry – type the plate group. That is barely completely different to 2019-20, the place the 38 groups have been combined throughout 5 teams.
Will the plate sides play extra video games within the group stage then?
No, all groups, regardless of teams, will play 5 matches within the league section. This can be a discount from the six they performed within the preliminary section in 2019-20.
Six teams, one in every of them with eight groups – how do they work out who qualify for the knockouts?
In 2019-20, the highest two from every group (ten groups in all) made it to the Tremendous League, the place they have been divided into two swimming pools. Either side then performed the opposite 4 of their pool with the highest two from every making it to the semi-finals.
This season, although, the highest staff from every of the six teams will get a direct entry into the quarter-finals. The ultimate two spots will then be taken by the 2 groups from the 5 elite teams with essentially the most factors. This might, for instance, imply three groups from a single group qualify. If groups are tied on factors, the web run-rate will change into the deciding issue.
Who’re a few of the main gamers in motion?
Whereas a lot of the marquee Indian gamers are both in Australia or on breaks or are sidelined due to accidents, there are a bunch of massive names to maintain the selectors and scouts occupied.
Heading the checklist are Shikhar Dhawan (Delhi captain), Sanju Samson (captain of Kerala), Yuzvendra Chahal (who will end up for Haryana), Dinesh Karthik (Tamil Nadu captain), Suresh Raina (he not too long ago retired from worldwide cricket however remains to be accessible for Uttar Pradesh), Suryakumar Yadav (the Mumbai captain), Krunal Pandya (Baroda captain) and Devdutt Paddikal (the Karnataka opener).
Then there’s Sreesanth, making a return to representative cricket after seven years following the completion of his ban for spot-fixing. One other outdated hand, Piyush Chawla, will end up for Gujarat.
Any big-ticket names lacking out?
Sure. Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey are all again in India after travelling with the nationwide staff to Australia, however should not accessible for his or her groups for various causes.
Hardik, who returned to India in December after the white-ball leg of the Australia tour, is having his workload managed. Rahul returned to India halfway into the continued Check sequence after spraining his wrist whereas coaching. Pandey will miss out due to a tennis elbow. And Iyer is just not a part of the Mumbai squad due to a shoulder niggle he picked up in Australia.
Who’re the defending champions?
Karnataka, led by Pandey, pipped a strong Tamil Nadu, which had Karthik, R Ashwin and Vijay Shankar, in a last-ball thriller to carry the trophy final season. This made them the primary staff two win each white-ball titles in the identical season, having received the 50-over Vijay Hazare Trophy as effectively. By the way, Tamil Nadu have been the shedding facet there too.
Shashank Kishore is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo
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