Kerala hard domestic cricket campaign awaits
KOCHI: Kerala's male cricket team will begin their national campaign this season with a match against Chhattisgarh in the Vijay Hazare Trophy (50 years old) on September 25.
Located in Elite Group A, Kerala will also play Saurashtra, Andhra, Mumbai, Jharkhand, Goa, Hyderabad and Karnataka for the next fortnight in the one-day competition.
In the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy for the T20 national championship, Kerala stands next to Tamil Nadu, Manipur, Vidarbha, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh in Group B.
However, the biggest challenge for Kerala will come in the Ranji Trophy That will start a little late this season. Placed in Group A Elite, the semifinalists of last season begin their campaign with consecutive games at home.
In his first match, Kerala will face Delhi on December 9, which will be followed by a match against Bengal on December 17. The other two home games for Kerala are against Punjab (January 11) and the Rajasthan team (January 19).
However, the biggest test for Kerala would come during their away games, where they face strong opponents. Kerala's first away game will be Christmas day against Gujarat.
They will play their remaining away games in the new year, against Hyderabad (January 3), Andhra (January 27) before signing their group commitments against the current Vidarbha champions (February 4).
The Ranji format remains unchanged, with the first six of the 18 (9 + 9) Elite A and B teams making the rooms along with two from Group C and one from the Plate group.
Kerala domestic hours
vs Delhi (local) - December 9-12
vs Bengal (local) - December 17-20
vs Gujarat (Visitor) - December 25-28
Hyderabad (Visitor) - January 3-6
vs Punjab (local) - January 11-14
vs Rajasthan (local) - January 19-22
vs Andhra (Visitor) - January 27-30
vs Vidarbha (Visitor) - February 4-7
Vijay Hazare Trophy
vs Chhattisgarh - September 25
vs Saurashtra - September 26
vs Andhra - September 29
vs Mumbai - October 1
vs Jharkhand - October 5
vs Goa - October 9
vs Hyderabad - October 11
vs Karnataka - October 13
Syed Mushtaq Ali T20
vs Tamil Nadu - November 8
vs Tripura - November 11
vs Manipur - November 12
vs Vidarbha - November 14
vs Rajasthan - November 15
vs UP - November 17