The 2019-2020 season of the Vijay Hazare Trophy kicked off on September 24 and will conclude a month later. The BCCI has added one more team (Chandigarh) to make it a total of 38 teams competing in this edition of the Vijay Hazare Trophy. Mumbai are the defending champions and will once again have a strong team this year.
Vijay Hazare Trophy
The Vijay Hazare Trophy is a 50 over competition which starts out with a league phase and then moves on to a knock-out phase which commences on October 20. The tournament will see the 38 teams divided into four different groups and matches will take place across four cities.
Group A will play their games in Bengaluru; Group B will play at Vadodara; Group C will play at Jaipur and the Plate Group or Group D will play their matches at Dehradun. The final will be played on October 25.
The teams will battle it out in a round-robin format and the top 5 teams combined from Groups A and B will make it to the quarter-finals. The top 5 teams are determined by the total points they have. The two teams that top the points table in Group C and the top team from Group D will also make it to the quarter-finals.
Chance For Fringe Players To Shine
The Vijay Hazare Trophy is one of the most important domestic tournaments in Indian cricket. This tournament provides fringe players a great opportunity to shine and make a name for themselves as the tournament gets a lot of attention from IPL scouts as well as the BCCI.
The national selectors usually keep a close watch on players who perform well and tend to pick them for the Indian A team. IPL selectors also make note of potential players who they should watch out for in the auction.
A number of players who have played for India and have been dropped will get an opportunity to see if they can make their way back to the national squad. Players like A Rayudu, K Jadhav, M Vijay and D Karthik will need to make a strong statement.
There are also players like KL Rahul, R Pant, N Saini and K Ahmed who can make the most of this tournament to show the selectors that they have found form once again as their performances in recent games for India has not been up to par.