Delhi to open Ranji Trophy campaign with Uttar Pradesh

first_imgSeven-time champions Delhi will open their 2012-13 Ranji Trophy campaign with a game against former champions Uttar Pradesh in Meerut from November 2, as per the reorganised format of the national championship.The other teams in Group B are Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Baroda, Vidarbha, and Orissa. Delhi, like the other 26 teams in the fray, will play eight matches in the league stage, four of them at home and four away.A “randomly” made new rotation cycle has replaced the old one. “The old system of rotation for allotting matches has been discontinued and a new one, designed randomly, has been implemented for the group league matches,” a BCCI official told Mail Today. “The old home-and-away rotation cycle will be used only for the knockout phase.” Accordingly, Uttar Pradesh will visit Delhi for the second successive time in three years. The last match was played in Lucknow in 2009.Delhi will next play against Orissa (in Delhi, Nov 9-12), Baroda (Delhi, Nov 17-20), Tamil Nadu (Delhi, Nov 24-26), Haryana (Haryana, Dec 1-4), Karnataka (Bangalore, Dec 8-11), and Maharashtra (Delhi, Dec 15-18). After rest in the eighth round of matches starting December 22, Delhi will play their last league game against Vidarbha in Nagpur from December 29. Delhi and Vidarbha have never clashed in Ranji before.Delhi, who failed to qualify for the knockout round last season, will start preparations from Wednesday, with a conditioning camp for the 52 probables. It’ll be a joint camp along with the 44 probables for the u-25 tournament. The five-day Ranji final will start on January 26.advertisementlast_img

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