It is well known that Cricket is akin to religion in India and is massively followed across the nation! There is a very strong belief across the cricketing world that India's doemestic structure is one of the biggest reasons for our nation producing some of the best players the world has ever seen! Even the recent historic Test series victory proved this point as over 7 of India's frontline players had not been available to play all the matches of the series and a number of newcomers and youngsters were instead given an opportunity. However, these youngsters proved their capabilities and held their temperament on the big stage and came out with flying colours, against an almost full-strength Australian side! The development of Indian cricketers at the grassroots level, shone through in the performances of the youngsters!

One of the oldest and most prestigious domestic tournaments in Indian Cricket, is the Ranji Trophy, named after the legendary Indian cricketer Ranjitsinhji! This annual tournament, which was instituted in the 1934-35 season, has never been cancelled so far. There were a lot of speculations over the tournament happening this year and even recently, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President - Sourav Ganguly, had stated that he was all for the Ranji Trophy happening and that efforts were on to plan for it. However, today it has come to light that the BCCI has decided to scrap this year's Ranji Trophy, which consists of multi-day matches (4 or 5 days depending on the stage of the tournament)! Official sources state that though the BCCI was all for the tournament happening, the State Cricket Associations were not interested in the lengthy tournament.

Jay Shah, the Secretary of the BCCI has written to the State Associations announcing that instead of the Ranji Trophy, the Senior Men's, Senior Women's and Under-19 men's 50-over domestic competitions would be held in this domestic season. He has also added that this decision has been arrived at, after taking into consideration the suggestions of the State Associations! Since the Senior Women's team players have not had any game time since the conclusion of the Women's World Cup Finals, their domestic 50-over tournament would be held parallely with the Men's Vijay Hazare Trophy (50-over tournament)! The Under-19 Men's tournament - the Vinoo Mankad Trophy, will be held, following the senior players' tournaments! Shah had also stated the example of the successfully ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (Men's T20 tournament) as an example for choosing to go with the other domestic limited overs tournaments! The SMA Trophy would be followed by England's tour of India and with the IPL 2021 also looming large, it would be virtually impossible to hold the Ranji Trophy! Stay tuned for updates...