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All you need to know about India’s 2023 domestic season: Schedule, tournament formats and start dates for men’s and women’s teams

India's 2023 domestic season - all you need to know about India's 2023/24 domestic season
by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

BCCI has announced the India Men’s and Women’s domestic schedule for the 2023/24 season today (April 11) – here’s all you need to know about the upcoming Indian domestic season, including the tournament dates, schedule, and formats for both men and women.

How many matches will be played?

The domestic calendar will see 1846 matches being played across formats, age groups, and genders between June 2023 and March 2024.

How many tournaments are there in all?

The 2023/24 Indian domestic season will include seven senior men’s tournaments, nine age-group tournaments for men, three senior women’s tournaments, five age-group women’s tournaments and one inter-university tournament.

When does the season begin?

The season will kick off with the Duleep Trophy on June 28, featuring six zonal teams: North, South, East, West, Central, and North-East.


What does the men’s schedule for 2023/24 include?

Duleep Trophy, the multi-day tournament, will be followed by the Prof. Deodhar Trophy which is making a comeback in India’s domestic calendar after three years. This tournament will also see six zonal teams fight it out, albeit in the 50-over format.

The Deodhar Trophy will be followed by the Irani Cup, where Saurashtra will face off against the Rest of India, starting October 1, 2023. The next two months will see the two premier white ball competitions: the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in the T20 format, and the Vijay Hazare Trophy in the 50-over format, take place between October 16 and December 15.

Both these tournaments will be played between 38 teams, divided into three groups of eight teams and two groups of seven teams each. The senior men’s season will end with the Ranji Trophy, the premier first-class tournament, which is scheduled to start on January 5, 2024.

The Ranji Trophy will have two divisions: the Elite Division and the Plate Division. The Elite Division will have 32 teams competing in four groups of eight each, while the Plate Division will see six teams fight it out in a single group.

What does the women’s schedule for 2023/24 include?

The senior women’s domestic season will start on October 19, 2023, with the Senior Women’s T20 Trophy. A total of 37 teams will compete in it, divided into two groups of eight and three groups of seven each. This will be followed by the Senior Women’s Inter Zonal T20 Trophy, which will see six zonal teams compete against each other, starting November 24.

The senior women’s season will end with the Senior Women’s One Day Trophy which will follow a similar format of groups as the Senior Women’s T20 Trophy. This tournament will start on January 4, 2024, with the final on January 26.

India domestic season 2023/24: Full schedule of all tournaments

Men’s tournaments:

Duleep Trophy: June 28-July 16, 2023
Prof Deodhar Trophy: July 24-August 3, 2023
Irani Cup: October 1-October 5, 2023
Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: October 16-November 6, 2023
Vijay Hazare Trophy: November 23-December 15, 2023
Ranji Trophy: January 5-March 14, 2024

Men’s U23 State A Trophy: October 28-November 23, 2023
Col CK Nayudu Trophy: November 17, 2023-January 15, 2024
Vinoo Mankad Trophy: October 8-October 26, 2023
Men’s U19 One Day Challenger Trophy: October 30-November 9, 2023
Cooch Behar Trophy: November 17, 2023, January 15, 2024
Vijay Merchant Trophy: December 1, 2023-January 20, 2024

Women’s tournaments:

Senior Women’s T20 Trophy: October 19-November 9, 2023
Senior Women’s Inter Zonal T20 Trophy: November 24-December 4, 2023
Senior Women’s One Day Trophy: January 4-January 26, 2024

Women’s U23 T20 Trophy: December 10-December 31, 2023
Women’s U23 One Day Trophy: January 26-February 17, 2024
Women’s U19 One Day Trophy: October 8-October 26, 2023
Women’s U19 T20 Trophy: November 2-November 23, 2023
Women’s U15 One Day Trophy: November 17-December 5, 2023

Inter-University tournaments:

Vizzy Trophy: March 10-March 16, 2024

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