The 83rd edition of the Ranji Trophy will be played at neutral venues from October 6 with Chhattisgarh being the new entrant in the 28-team tournament.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the fixtures for the various tournaments on Friday as the domestic season is already underway with Duleep Trophy being played in Greater Noida.
BCCI's technical committee, headed by Sourav Ganguly, had recommended organising the matches of its premier domestic championship at neutral venues in May this year to make it more competitive.
The intention behind the concept of neutral venues is to negate the home advantage, which will prevent hosts from making pitches that suit their respective strengths.
Group A and Group B will have nine teams while Group C has ten making it a 28-team event. Three teams from each of Group A and B and two sides from Group C will reach the quarterfinals which start from December 17 followed by the semifinals from December 27
The final will be played between January 7 and 11.
RANJI TROPHY 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, Jammu and Kashmir, Andhra, Chhattisgarh