Ranji Trophy 2016-17 Tournament -- Score & Updates ..

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Ranji Trophy Tournament 2016 - 17 going to Kick Start from October 6th 2016
Group A: Mumbai, Baroda, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Bengal, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Railways, Uttar
Group B: Saurashtra, Odisha,
Delhi, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Vidarbha, Rajasthan, Assam, Jharkhand
Group C: Hyderabad, Haryana, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Tripura, Services, Goa, Jammu & Kashmir, Andhra, Chhattisgarh
Badrinath to lead Hyderabad Ranji team

Former India batsman S. Badrinath will captain Hyderabad in the Ranji Trophy this year.

The 36-year-old Chennai cricketer told The Hindu on Friday, “I will be with Hyderabad next season.

“The approach was made by Hyderabad Cricket Association president Arshad Ayub.

“They wanted a senior cricketer to not just contribute on the field but guide the youngsters.”

Badrinath, who had received an NOC from Vidarbha at the end of last season, was in the running as the batting coach of Tamil Nadu.
Both the TNCA and the State team’s new Ranji coach Hrishikesh Kanitkar were open to the idea.

Great respect

In fact, Kanitkar told this newspaper that he greatly respected Badrinath.

But then, Badrinath decided to take the Hyderabad offer since he wanted to continue playing. “I have some more years of first class cricket left in me. I wanted to be involved full time as a cricketer. I am still very fit.”

With 9778 runs in 136 matches at a whopping 56.19, the solid and resilient Badrinath is Tamil Nadu’s most successful first class batsman of this generation. It is understood Badrinath will be playing all three formats for Hyderabad.
“It should be a good challenge. Hyderabad is in the C group. It will be nice to get it to the top two pools. I have played a lot of cricket in Hyderabad. People are very hospitable there,” he said.

Interestingly, Hyderabad will be coached by former India and Tamil Nadu paceman B. Arun this season.

Badrinath to lead Hyderabad Ranji team: The Hindu - Mobile edition
Ranji Trophy to be played in neutral venues from Oct 6

All the matches in the upcoming Ranji Trophy cricket tournament will be played in neutral venues, according to the fixture of the Domestic tournaments announced by the BCCI on Friday.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today (Friday) announced the fixtures for the Domestic tournaments for senior, junior and women to be played in 2016-17 season.

BCCI's technical committee, headed by Sourav Ganguly, had recommended to hold the matches of its premier domestic championship at neutral venues in May this year to make it more competitive.

Neutral venues will take away any home advantage as it will deny the home teams an opportunity to make tailor-made pitches according to their strengths.

According to the fixture, the 83rd edition of the Ranji Trophy will get underway on October 6 with Chhattisgarh making their first-class debut against Tripura in Ranchi. They are the 10th team in Group C.

Group A and Group B will have nine teams each in the 28-team event. Three teams from each of Group A and B and two sides from Group C will reach the quarterfinals to be held from December 17-21.

The semifinals will be held from December 27-31 and the final will be played between January 7 and 11.

The one-day competitions - Vijay Hazare Trophy (50-overs) and the newly-proposed inter-zonal T20 tournament for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy - will be played after the completion of the Ranji Trophy.

Ranji Trophy 2016-17 groups:

Group A: Mumbai, Baroda, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Bengal, Gujarat,Tamil Nadu, Railways, Uttar Pradesh

Group B: Saurashtra, Odisha, Delhi, Maharashtra, Assam, Vidarbha, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Jharkhand.

Group C: Hyderabad, Haryana,Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Tripura, Services, Goa, J&K, Andhra, Chhattisgarh.

Ranji Trophy to be played in neutral venues from Oct 6 - Rediff Cricket
  • Round-1 Schedule:
06 - 09 Oct
Mumbai vs Tamil Nadu in Rohtak Ch Bansi Lal Cricket Stadium, Rohtak 9:30 AM IST
06 - 09 Oct
Baroda vs Gujarat in Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur 9:30 AM IST
06 - 09 Oct
Punjab vs Railways in Palam A Stadium, Delhi 9:30 AM IST
06 - 09 Oct
Madhya Pradesh vs Uttar Pradesh -- 9:30 AM IST
06 - 09 Oct
Saurashtra vs Rajasthan in MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai 9:30 AM IST
06 - 09 Oct
Odisha vs Vidarbha in Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam 9:30 AM IST
06 - 09 Oct
Delhi vs Assam in Moti Bagh Stadium, Vadodara 9:30 AM IST
06 - 09 Oct
Jharkhand vs Maharashtra in Karnail Singh Stadium, Delhi 9:30 AM IST
06 - 09 Oct
Hyderabad vs Goa in Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur 9:30 AM IST
06 - 09 Oct
Haryana vs Services in Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai 9:30 AM IST
06 - 09 Oct
Kerala vs Jammu and Kashmir in Bengal Cricket Academy Ground, West Bengal 9:30 AM IST
06 - 09 Oct
Himachal Pradesh vs Andhra in KIIT Stadium, Bhubaneswar 9:30 AM IST
06 - 09 Oct
Tripura vs Chhattisgarh in JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi 9:30 AM IST
Rajasthan hires Proteas legend Gary Kirsten for Ranji Trophy pre-season camp

Former India coach Gary Kirsten joined the beleaguered and faction-ridden Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) for a 10-day pre-season camp on Tuesday.

The former South Africa opener, who helped India reach the pinnacle in Test rankings and topped his coaching stint with a World Cup win and then followed up on this success by helping South Africa reach the top of Test rankings, has been roped in to help the Rajasthan players prepare for the upcoming Ranji Trophy season.

As of now, Kirsten will just be with the team for the 10 days but there are talks that he might be roped in for the entire season. That is subject to the financial health of the association and whether the RCA, which hasn’t received BCCI subvention for the past four years, can spare money from its depleting reserves to hire the coach.

A source within the RCA said that Kirsten has been hired for around $20,000-30,000 (Rs 13 to 20 lakh) for this short camp. This is just a rough estimate doing the rounds.

It should be noted that in the last RCA elections, held over two years ago, Lalit Modi and his faction came out triumphant following which the BCCI suspended the association. The tussle between the Modi faction and the BCCI as well its band of supporters has dragged on in the court of law. The court had appointed Amrit Mathur as the mediator between the RCA and BCCI.

However, the matter came to a boil when the RCA this week realised that the team staff and support staff over the past season was changed, allegedly at the behest of the mediator, without the knowledge of this RCA faction.

A source close to the association told HT, “The BCCI has been throttling the freedom of the elected body. The RCA hasn’t been paid subvention due to them for the past four years. When this faction came to power, it had Rs 25-27 crore in reserves and it has been using money out of that to meet expenses to run state level tournaments and pay for the camps.”

Another source adds that the decision to extend Kirsten’s contract for the whole length of the season can’t be done without BCCI’s permission as all decisions pertaining to the Ranji and the national level has to be done by the BCCI.

“The BCCI has been bearing the expenses for the Ranji games that Rajasthan plays—as Team Rajasthan—the squad selected under its supervision. However, the Board has been neglectful. It is supposed to pay RCA Rs 1 lakh per day for the matches held at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium that it uses. It hasn’t paid anything to date.”

The RCA has a Memorandum of Understanding with the Rajasthan government under which the ground has been given to them for use. The RCA maintains it and spends on the maintenance out of the money it has got in the reserves.

When approached, the BCCI Game Development Officer, Ratnakar Shetty refused to comment.

Rohan Prem to lead Kerala in Ranji Trophy

29-year-old Vinod Kumar C V, a middle order batsman and a medium pace bowler from Thrissur, is the only new face in Kerala's 15-member Ranji Trophy cricket squad for the 2016-17 season led by batsman Rohan Prem.

The roster announced by the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) president T C Mathew in Alappuzha on Tuesday also includes three outstation players in opener Bhavin Thakkar and all-rounder Iqbal Abdulla, both from Mumbai, and Madhya Pradesh all-rounder Jalaj Saxena.

Last season's captain Sachin Baby will serve as the deputy for Rohan in the team which also includes Indian international player Sanju V Samson. There are also places for wicketkeeper-batsman Nikhilesh Surendran and opener V A Jagadish in the squad.

The bowling department will be led by pacer Sandeep S Warrier, Manu Krishnan, and Basil Thampi while Monish K, one of the highest wicket-takers in first-class cricket last term, will feature among spin-bowling options.

Kerala will open their Ranji Trophy campaign against Jammu and Kashmir at the Bengal Cricket Academy Ground on October 6 before travelling to Eden Gardens, Kolkata to face Himachal Pradesh. They will also play Hyderabad, Chattisgarh, Haryana, Goa, Andhra, Tripura and Services in their bid to win promotion from Group C of the domestic competition.

The 15-member group has been undergoing a preparatory camp at the SD College Ground in Alappuzha since September 21 under coach P Balachandran ahead of the new domestic season. KCA treasurer Jayesh George and Alappuzha District Cricket Association secretary Sreejith V Nair were also present during the announcement.

Kerala team: Rohan Prem (captain), Sachin Baby (vice-captain), Nikhilesh Surendran, Sandeep S Warrier, V A Jagadeesh, Basil Thampi, Bhavin Thakkar, Manu Krishnan, Jalaj Saxena, Robert Fernandez, Sanju V Samson, M D Nitheesh, Monish K, Vinod Kumar C V, Iqbal Abdulla.

Rohan Prem to lead Kerala in Ranji Trophy -The New Indian Express
Delhi announce Ranji Trophy squad, Unmukt Chand named captain for first two games

With Gautam Gambhir on national duty, batsman Unmukt Chand was on Thursday named captain of the 15-member Delhi squad for its first two games in the Ranji Trophy beginning October 6.

Gambhir, who has received an India call-up after two years, is with the national team in Kolkata ahead of the second Test against New Zealand beginning at the Eden Gardens on Friday.

The squad was picked by the newly formed selection committee comprising Nikhil Chopra, Atul Wassan and Robin Singh Jr, in the presence of new coach KP Bhaskar and convenor Chetan Chauhan.

The selectors had earlier announced a list of 46 probables for the Ranji Trophy.

With the concept of neutral venues to be introduced this season, Delhi play their opener against Assam in Baroda before travelling to Mumbai for their second match against Maharashtra from October 13.

A DDCA release on the squad stated that Virat Kohli and Gambhir will be the captain and vice-captain for the entire season.

Test captain Kohli will miss out majority of the domestic season for national duty and so will Gambhir, if he manages to hold on to his place in the Test team.

The squad: Unmukt Chand (captain), Vaibhav Rawal, Milind Kumar, Nitish Rana, Manan Sharma, Dhruv Shorey, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Mohit Sharma, Pulkit Narang, Varun Sood, Parwinder Awana, Navdeep Saini, Vikas Tokas, Pradeep Sangwan, Pawan Suyal.

Delhi announce Ranji Trophy squad, Unmukt Chand named captain for first two games | The Indian Express
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