MUMBAI: The Vijay Hazare Trophy‘s dates are out. In an email (TOI has a copy) to the BCCI‘s state associations on Saturday, Board secretary Jay Shah informed that the domestic One-day tournament will be held across six venues between February 20 and March 14. While the Elite teams have been divided in five groups, the Plate group matches will be played in Tamil Nadu.
The Group A fixtures will be held in Surat, while Indore and Bengaluru will host Elite B and C teams respectively. Jaipur will play host to Elite D, while Kolkata will host the Elite E teams. Forced to skip the Ranji Trophy this time, the BCCI decided to host the Vijay Hazare Trophy in a curtailed season. Placed in Group D, Mumbai will play against Delhi, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Pondicherry. The full schedule will be released later.
In January, the BCCI hosted the first domestic tournament of the season – the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, in six venues in a bio-secure environment.
Elite A: Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Hyderabad, Tripura, Baroda, Goa.
Elite B: Indore: Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Vidarbha, Andhra Pradesh
Elite C – Bengaluru: Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Odisha, Railways, Bihar
Elite D – Jaipur: Delhi, Mumbai, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Pondicherry
Elite E – Kolkata: Bengal, Services, Jammu and Kashmir, Saurashtra, Haryana, Chandigarh
Plate – Tamil Nadu: Uttarakhand, Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Sikkim.