The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has mandated that each Ranji Trophy team’s squad must not exceed 30 individuals, with a minimum of 20 players in that contingent. “Accordingly, the number of support staff is capped at a total of 10,” the BCCI informed state associations ahead of the Ranji Trophy, which begins on February 17.
In light of the pandemic crisis, the BCCI is also permitting states to carry two reserves. “The teams are permitted to carry two extra players as COVID RESERVES. In case, where a Team India cricketer is deputed by the BCCI to participate in domestic cricket, he will be eligible for a match fee over and above the 20 players based on his Playing XI and non-Playing XI status in the matches,” the BCCI wrote.
The BCCI has also issued a general recommendation on how the match fee should be distributed. According to the board, the playing XI would receive the entire match cost of Rs 2.4 lakh, while the remaining nine will receive half of it.
The BCCI has set the deadline for each team to report on February 10th, after a five-day quarantine period that will finish on February 14th. The first-round bouts will begin on February 17 after two days of preparation. The matches of the two-phased competition would be held in Cuttack, Rajkot, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Trivandrum, Delhi, Haryana, Guwahati, and Kolkata, with the IPL in between.
The first phase concludes with a pre-quarterfinal match between the lowest-ranked club in the Elite division and the highest-ranked team in the Plate division. From March 12 to 16, the pre-quarterfinals will be placed. From the quarterfinals onwards, matches will be played following the IPL, between May 30 and June 26.