The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has confirmed that the number of Ranji players participating in the newly-instituted State A championship and the remodelled CK Nayudu four-day championships will be unrestricted.

“There will be NO cap on the number of players who were / will be in the playing XI of their respective State teams in the Ranji Trophy, Vijay Hazare and/or Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy during the ongoing season,” BCCI General Manager, Game Development Dhiraj Malhotra wrote to state associations on August 27.

Malhotra also discussed the decision to replace the Under-23 tournament with a competition for under-25s. “The Col C K Nayudu Trophy was held for the Men’s Under-23 age group in both one-day (limited overs) and four-day formats, and was last played in the 2019-2020 season.”

“We invite your attention to the following adjustments for this season 2021-2022: The one-day (limited overs) competition will now be known as ‘Men’s State A One Day Tournament’; The multi-day (4-day) tournament will now be known as ‘Col C K Nayudu Trophy – Men’s U 25’,” he continued.

The cut-off date for players who would be eligible to compete in the Under-25 category has also been explained by the BCCI official. “Players must be under the age of 25 on September 1st of the tournament year to be eligible to compete. As a result, the deadline would be September 1, 1996 “an official from the BCCI wrote.

Meanwhile, the BCCI’s Annual General Meeting has been postponed (AGM). The AGM is normally held before September 30 of each year, however it has been postponed, as it was last year, because of the pandemic crisis. The BCCI secretary, Jay Shah, recently informed the states of the postponement.