Ahead of IPL auction, BCCI reverts to old format in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy to boost players' chances of getting bids

In a bid to give domestic players more chance to showcase their skills to potential bidders, the BCCI has decided to revert to the inter-state knock-out format for the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

PTI, January 10, 2018

New Delhi: In a bid to give domestic players more chance to showcase their skills to potential bidders, the BCCI has decided to revert to the inter-state knock-out format for the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

During the previous edition, the knock-out leg saw five zones — North, South, East, West and Central compete on a round-robin basis. It meant that zonal teams had partial representation of players from each state.

"Yes, the BCCI has decided that once again the top two teams from each of the five zones will qualify for the knock-out stage unlike the last time.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

In all, 10 teams will be playing in the knock-outs and will be divided into two groups of five teams each. The knock-out stage will be held in Kolkata from January 21-27," a senior BCCI official told PTI on Wednesday.

The top two teams from each group will then qualify for the semi-finals. The matches are expected to be held at the Eden Gardens and Jadavpur University (Salt Lake) ground.

It has been learnt that the decision was taken so that the Indian Premier League (IPL) talent scouts can get a chance to have a wider base of players to look into before the auction is held on 27 and 28 January in Bengaluru.

"While the auction is on the day of the Mushtaq Ali final in Kolkata, but by then the franchises will have a fair idea about the domestic talent," the official said.

The franchises have sent their talent scouts to all the venues where the zonal leg of the the Mushtaq Ali Trophy is happening.

Updated Date: Jan 10, 2018

T20 LEAGUE POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Hyderabad
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Kolkata
14 8 6 0 16
4
Rajasthan
14 7 7 0 14
5
Mumbai
14 6 8 0 12
6
Bangalore
14 6 8 0 12
7
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
8
Delhi
14 5 9 0 10




Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3499 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3511 98
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5257 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Australia 3327 104
6 Pakistan 3279 102
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2990 130
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114