Guwahati: For the first time 87 years, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided not to conduct its first-class domestic tournament Ranji Trophy as the parent body opted for the Vijay Hazare Trophy as per the wishes of majority of the state units.
The BCCI will also host the U-19 National One Day tournament for the Vinoo Mankad Trophy and the Women’s national 50-over tournament as per a letter sent by BCCI secretary to the state units.
Reportedly, the Vijay Hazare Trophy will likely take place in six designated bio bubbles next months. However, the venues will be finalized next week, while the teams will enter the bio-bubble in the forst week of February.
Notably, the tournament is expected to run for a month.
Meanwhile, the BCCI has decided to compensate domestic players for the match fees they usually earn during the Ranji Trophy, nearly Rs 45,000 a day.
The first edition of Ranji Trophy was played in 1934-35. The inaugural edition was won by Bombay (Mumbai), who beat Northern India in the final.