The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided that each team in the forthcoming domestic season can have a maximum of 30 members and a minimum of 20. Therefore, the number of support staff members has been capped at 10 each. It is also being reported that the season will start with the Women's U-19 tournament as well as the Syed Mushtaq Ali which gets underway from October 27. India's premier first-class cricket competition, the Ranji Trophy, gets underway from January 5.
It is also being learned that the BCCI has conveyed the state associations to pick a team physician in each of the squads to manage the Coronavirus related concerns. Furthermore, the team physician is separate from the team physiotherapist but is inclusive of the 10-member support staff. All these claims were made in a report carried by ANI citing sources close to the development.
Last date for the inter-state transfer and registration of guest players will be 15 days before the tournament opener
Notably, the last date for the inter-state transfer and registration of guest players will be 15 days prior to the start of a specific tournament. As far as the grouping and qualification system for the tournament are concerned, for Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy, Ranji Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy, there will be five Elite Groups consisting of six teams each and one Plate Group with eight teams. Moreover, there will be five matches per team across all groups.
Winner of Elite Groups to play the quarterfinals
While the winner of the five Elite Groups gets a direct entry into the quarter-finals, the second-placed teams from each Elite Group and the winner of the Plate Group will have to play three pre-quarterfinals and the three winners will then be gearing up for the quarterfinals.
Meanwhile, for the senior Women's One Day, T20 as well as the Women's Under 19 One-Day tournaments, there are set to be five Elite Groups consisting of six teams as well as a Plate Group with six teams.