Irani Cup 2022 to make its return after three years, MP’s status for event uncertain
Irani Cup 2022: The 2019–20 Ranji Trophy champions Saurashtra are scheduled to face the Rest of India side at Rajkot from October 1–5, marking the Irani Cup’s first return in three years.
In the Ranji final in March 2020, Saurashtra defeated Bengal to win. Before COVID-19 put an end to the match, they scheduled to play Irani Cup a week later. Due to COVID-19, red ball domestic cricket not played in India during the 2020–21 season. The Ranji tournament made a comeback in the 2021–22 season. When Madhya Pradesh won its first championship by defeating Mumbai, a multiple winner, by six wickets in the final back in June.
BCCI has given Saurashtra a belated chance to play against ROI. It’s unclear if the MP representing the current Ranji Champions will get their turn.
“It is very heartening that Domestic Season 2022-23 of BCCI are to played in full swing. And also Irani Cup is to played after two long years,” a Saurashtra Cricket Association statement said as quoted by ESPNCricinfo.
“With the good representation of Jaydev Shah, President, Saurashtra Cricket Association, BCCI has kindly considered to play Irani Cup in earlier format, i.e. Irani Cup used to played between Ranji Trophy champion of previous year vs Rest of India. Saurashtra Cricket Association sincerely thank Shri Jaybhai Shah, Hon. Secretary, BCCI and all at BCCI for kindly considering Saurashtra Cricket Association’s request to host and play prestigious Irani Cup 2022,” added the statement.
In the competition’s last iteration, which took place in February 2019. Vidarbha defeated the rest of India thanks to a lead after the first innings in Nagpur.