Defending champions Mumbai open their Ranji Trophy campaign in the 2013-14 season with an away Group A game against former champions Haryana from October 27-30.
Last year's losing finalists, Saurashtra, open their bid in Group B against two-time champions Rajasthan at home in Rajkot on the same dates as per the Ranji schedule on the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s website.
The season opens with the three-team NKP Salve Challenger Trophy, to be played at a yet to be decided venue between September 26 and 29, followed by the Duleep Trophy in South Zone between October 3 and 17.
South Zone will also host the Deodhar Trophy limited-overs tournament from March 23 to 27. All the four games in the inter-zonal tournament will be day/night encounters.
Ranji Trophy groups:
Group A: Mumbai, Punjab, Gujarat, Delhi, Karnataka, Haryana, Orissa, Vidarbha and Jharkhand.
Group B: Saurashtra, Services, Uttar Pradesh, Railways, Baroda, Madhya Pradesh, Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan.
Group C: Hyderabad, Maharashtra, Andhra, Assam, Kerala, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Tripura.
Ranji Trophy league schedule:
Round 1 (Oct 27-30):
Haryana v Mumbai in Haryana
Punjab v Orissa in Punjab
Vidarbha v Gujarat at Nagpur
Jharkhand v Delhi in Jharkhand (all Group A)
Saurashtra v Rajasthan at Rajkot
Services v Tamil Nadu at Delhi (to be hosted by Services)
Madhya Pradesh v Railways
Bengal v Baroda at Kolkata (all Group B)
Hyderabad v Andhra in Hyderabad
Maharashtra v Tripura in Maharashtra; Himachal v Goa in Himachal (all Group C).
Round 2 (Nov 7-10):
Punjab v Mumbai in Punjab
Gujarat v Delhi at Ahmedabad
Karnataka v Jharkhand in Karnataka
Vidarbha v Haryana at Nagpur (all Group A)
Railways v Saurashtra, to be hosted by Railways)
Baroda v Uttar Pradesh in Baroda
Madhya Pradesh v Tamil Nadu in Madhya Pradesh
Rajasthan v Bengal in Rajasthan (all Group B)
Assam v Hyderabad at Guwahati
Kerala v Andhra in Kerala
J and K v Goa in J and K
Tripura v Himachal at Agartala (all Group C).
Round 3 (Nov 14-17):
Mumbai v Delhi at Mumbai
Karnataka v Gujarat in Karnataka
Vidarbha v Orissa at Nagpur
Haryana v Jharkhand in Haryana (all Group A)
Saurashtra v Uttar Pradesh at Rajkot
Services v Rajasthan at Delhi (to be hosted by Services)
Baroda v Railways at Baroda
Bengal v Madhya Pradesh at Kolkata (all Group B)
Hyderabad v Maharashtra at Hyderabad
Andhra v Assam in Andhra
Kerala v Tripura in Kerala
Himachal v J and K in Himachal.
Round 4 (Nov 21-24):
Punjab v Gujarat in Punjab
Delhi v Haryana at Delhi
Vidarbha v Karnataka at Nagpur
Orissa v Jharkhand (all Group A)
Bengal v Saurashtra at Kolkata
Services v Madhya Pradesh at Delhi (to be hosted by Services)
Uttar Pradesh v Tamil Nadu in UP
Rajasthan v Railways in Rajasthan (all Group B)
Himachal v Hyderabad in Himachal
Maharashtra v Goa in Maharashtra
Andhra v J and K in Andhra
Tripura v Assam at Agartala (all Group C).
Round 5 (Nov 28-Dec 1):
Mumbai v Vidarbha at Mumbai
Haryana v Punjab in Haryana
Jharkhand v Gujarat in Jharkhand
Orissa v Karnataka at Cuttack (all Group A)
Tamil Nadu v Saurashtra at Chennai
Services v Bengal at Delhi (to be hosted by Services)
Rajasthan v Uttar Pradesh in Rajasthan
Baroda v Madhya Pradesh at Baroda (all Group B)
Andhra v Maharashtra in Andhra
Himachal v Assam in Himachal
J and K v Kerala in J and K
Goa v Tripura in Goa (all Group C).
Round 6 (Dec 6-9):
Mumbai v Jharkhand at Mumbai
Punjab v Vidarbha in Punjab
Orissa v Delhi at Cuttack
Haryana v Karnataka in Haryana (all Group A)
Uttar Pradesh v Services in Uttar Pradesh
Railways v Bengal, to be hosted by Railways
Tamil Nadu v Baroda at Chennai
Madhya Pradesh v Rajasthan in Madhya Pradesh (all in Group B)
Hyderabad v Tripura in Hyderabad
Maharashtra v J and K in Maharashtra
Assam v Goa at Guwahati
Kerala v Himachal in Kerala (all Group C).
Round 7 (Dec 14-17):
Mumbai v Orissa at Mumbai
Karnataka v Punjab in Karnataka
Gujarat v Haryana at Ahmedabad
Delhi v Vidarbha at Delhi (all Group A)
Madhya Pradesh v Saurashtra in Madhya Pradesh
Baroda v Services at Baroda
Bengal v Uttar Pradesh at Kolkata
Railways v Tamil Nadu, to be hosted by Railways (all Group B)
Goa v Hyderabad in Goa
Kerala v Maharashtra in Kerala
Andhra v J and K in Andhra
J and K v Assam in J and K (all Group C).
Round 8 (Dec 22-25):
Karnataka v Mumbai in Karnataka
Delhi v Punjab at Delhi
Gujarat v Orissa at Ahmedabad
Jharkhand v Vidarbha in Jharkhand (all Group A)
Saurashtra v Baroda at Rajkot
Railways v Services (match to be hosted by Railways)
Uttar Pradesh v Madhya Pradesh in Uttar Pradesh Tamil Nadu v Rajasthan at Chennai (all Group B)
J and K v Hyderabad in J and K
Maharashtra v Himachal in Maharashtra
Tripura v Andhra at Agartala
Goa v Kerala in Goa (all Group C).
Round 9 (Dec 30, 2013 to Jan 2, 2014):
Gujarat v Mumbai at Ahmedabad
Jharkhand v Punjab in Jharkhand
Delhi v Karnataka at Delhi
Orissa v Haryana at Cuttack (all Group A)
Saurashtra v Services at Rajkot
Uttar Pradesh v Railways, in Uttar Pradesh
Rajasthan v Baroda in Rajasthan
Tamil Nadu v Bengal at Chennai (all Group B)
Hyderabad v Kerala in Hyderabad
Assam v Maharashtra at Guwahati
Goa v Andhra in Goa
Tripura v J and K at Agartala (all Group C).
Prof. D B Deodhar Trophy (in South Zone, 1430 IST onwards):
Mar 23 (Quarter-final): Central Zone v East Zone (Match 1)
Mar 24 (Semi-Final 1): South Zone v North Zone (Match 2)
Mar 25 (Semi-final 2): West Zone v Winners of Match 1 (Match 3)
Mar 27: Final between Winners of Matches 2 and 3.
Image: The Mumbai Ranji Trophy team, champions in the 2012-13 season
Photograph: Bikash Mohapatra