Bengaluru will host the Ranji Trophy knockouts from June 4, with the final scheduled to be played from June 20-24, in a bio-bubble.
Forty-one-time Ranji champions Mumbai will face Uttarakhand while Karnataka will play against Uttar Pradesh. On the other hand, Bengal will face Jharkhand and Punjab will run into Madhya Pradesh in the other two quarter-finals.
Both the semi-finals are then scheduled for June 12-16 following three days of rest. It has been learnt there will be no mandatory quarantine for the knockout matches, but all teams will have to arrive with a negative RT-PCR test, an ESPNcricinfo report said.
Notably, the first phase of the Ranji Trophy, which consisted of the league phase and one pre-quarter final, was held before the start of IPL 2022. India’s premier first-class cricket tournament was shelved in 2020-21 because of the Covid-19 pandemic. It was the first time that Ranji Trophy was not played since its inception in the 1934-35 season.
Ranji knockouts schedule:
June 4-8, First quarter-final: Bengal vs Jharkhand
June 4-8, Second quarter-final: Mumbai vs Uttarakhand
June 4-8, Third quarter-final: Karnataka vs UP
June 4-8, Fourth quarter-final: Punjab vs MP
June 12-16, First semi: Winner of QF1 vs QF4
June 12-16, Second semi: Winner of QF2 vs QF3
June 20-24: Final