India's [ Images ] domestic cricket season begins with the BCCI Corporate Tournament from September 1 while the league stage of the Ranji Trophy elite competition will be held from November 3 to December 24, the Board of Control for Cricket in India announced on Wednesday.
The next tournament, decided by BCCI Tour, Programmes and Fixtures Committee at its recent meeting in Mumbai [ Images ], is the NKP Salve Challenger Trophy, at Nagpur from October 10-13.
The knock-out matches of Ranji Trophy Elite Group will be played from January 2-23, 2012.
The Ranji Trophy Plate group matches will be played from November 3 to December 9. The semi-finals will be played from December 21-24.
The winners of the semi-finals will qualify for the knock-out stage of the Ranji Trophy Elite Division.
In the Ranji Trophy Plate Division -- Andhra, Services, Kerala [ Images ], Vidarbha, HPCA and Tripura are placed in Group A, while Maharashtra [ Images ], Goa [ Images ], Hyderabad, Jharkhand, Assam, Jammu and Kashmir [ Images ] will make up Group B.
The Duleep Trophy will be played from January 27 to February 16 next year while the inter-state one-day league will be played from February 20-28, 2012.
The All-India inter-state knock-out tournament, for the Vijay Hazare Trophy, will be played from March 5-12, 2012, while the Deodhar Trophy will be played from March 16-19, 2012.
The inter-state T20 zonal league will be played in September-October and the All-India inter-state T20 knock-out tournament for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, from March 23-27, 2012.