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Indian domestic calendar kickstarts in September; Challenger Trophy returns for Women

 The BCCI has decided to do away with toss in CK Nayudu Trophy.

The BCCI has decided to do away with toss in CK Nayudu Trophy. © Getty

The BCCI has announced the calendar for Indian domestic cricket season 2024-25 with the Duleep Trophy being the first to take place on September 5 in Anantpur. As previously reported, the Ranji Trophy will now be played in two phases with a window given for the white-ball competitions.

The final of the Ranji Trophy is set to take place in March 2025. Additionally, BCCI have also revealed that they'd be trialing a new points system in the CK Nayudu Trophy (U-23 cricket). "This includes the attribution of points for batting and bowling prowess in the first innings, alongside points for securing the first innings lead or achieving an outright victory," said a statement from BCCI.

BCCI also stated that this could later be introduced in the Ranji Trophy after assessment. The tournament will also see the toss being abolished with the visiting team set getting to choose what they'd want to do.

The Syed Mushtaq Ali (T20 tournament) will now be played between Novemeber and December which will closely be followed by the Vijay Hazare Trophy that is set to start in December and end in January before the resumption of the Ranji Trophy.

"To prioritize player welfare, an extended gap between matches has been incorporated, ensuring ample time for recovery and sustained peak performance," said the statement.

Challenger Trophy returns for Women

For Women's cricket, the Challenger Trophy, where teams are handpicked by selectors, comes as a significant addition. The Challenger Tophy was last played in the ODI format in 2021-22 and in T20 format in 2022-23.

The multi-day tournament which was reintroduced in a zonal format in 2023-24 will now be played as a Challenger Trophy instead.

"All Women's challenger tournaments, spanning one-day, T20, and multi-day formats, will witness teams selected by the national selectors," said the BCCI.

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