Earlier the Duleep Trophy was held on a knockout basis between five zones but later it became a three-team match, with the top two teams progressing to the finals on a round-robin format. The current Ranji Trophy champions face the Rest of India team in the Irani Cup.
The option of hosting the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Vijay Hazare Trophy and Ranji Trophy was also discussed. The Mushtaq Ali Trophy (T20) is likely to be played from October 11 while the Vijay Hazare Trophy (ODI format) is expected from November 12. Ranji Trophy can start from December 13, with the knockout matches being played from February 1.
According to one of the formats discussed in the meeting, Ranji Trophy can have four groups of eight elite teams and one group of six plate teams. Ganguly said that the women’s under-16 category will be started from the coming season.