The ICC T20 World Cup and the race to book a World Test Championship final spot are the highlights of India’s 2021 men’s cricket calendar.
The one-day format is low on the totem pole, evidenced by the fact that the Indian team will feature in only six ODIs for the rest of the year (three against England next month, and three against South Africa in September).
In these circumstances, the Vijay Hazare Trophy dips in significance.
No Ranji Trophy
The BCCI opted to hold the 50-over tournament in preference to the Ranji Trophy in this truncated domestic season. As a result, the Ranji Trophy will not be held for the first time since its inception in 1934.
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