first_img(REOPENS BOM 3) (REOPENS BOM 3)The domestic cricket season will kick off in September with the Duleep Trophy, which was not held in 2015-16 season. The tournament is set to be played under lights with pink ball for the first time.This is being done to help Indian cricketers, all of whom are expected to take part, become familiar with playing under lights with the pink coloured ball, ahead of playing Test cricket in these conditions at home during the packed season.During the season, 918 matches are to be organised by the Board, including Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy, Vijay Hazare Trophy, Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Deodhar Trophy, Irani Trophy, womens cricket and all other age group cricket.Chhattisgarh has been added to the Ranji Trophy schedule for the first time.”This translates into 1,882 playing days between September 2016 to March 2017,” Shirke said.”I welcome the new Test venues hosting this prestigious format of cricket and their arrival will take Test match cricket, to every corner of the country,” said BCCI President Anurag Thakur.”We are equally excited about the domestic season as we will be playing the Duleep trophy with the pink ball under lights and take this opportunity to welcome Chhattisgarh, who will play Ranji trophy for the first time.””A combined team of Affiliate and Associate states will participate in the junior age group tournaments, which will provide the much needed opportunity to the emerging players from these areas. This further reaffirms our commitment to spread the game by providing the appropriate platforms to our next generation cricketer,” he added.advertisementBCCI secretary Shirke noted that the advance announcement of international match staging centres for the coming season will give them enough time to buckle up for the task ahead.”Some of the best teams of world cricket are coming to play in India this season and we are excited to announce the schedule well ahead of time. This gives the staging associations and the BCCI sufficient time to prepare and present one of the most memorable cricketing seasons for our fans,” said Shirke.”I have full faith in our team at BCCI to deliver international and domestic cricket simultaneously and engage the ardent fans on all fronts,” he added. PTI SSR NRB PM PM BASlast_img read more