Ranji Trophy 2018-19 Plate Group Announced
The Ranji Trophy 2018-19 Plate Group have been announced. The Ranji Trophy 2018-19 season is unlike any other since it will see the addition of nine new teams. As a result, since they are new, they have all been put in the Plate Group. The nine new teams are as follows: Bihar, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Pudhucherry, Sikkim and Uttarakhand. As well as this Plate Group, there are three Elite Groups. Group A is the best Elite group, while Group C is the worst.
In terms of deciding who qualifies for the knock-out stages, the formulation is as follows. Five teams across Group A and Group B will qualify. Then the top two teams in Group C also qualify for the knock-out stages. The final spot goes to the winner of the Plate Group. This guarantees that one of the newly added sides will feature in the quarter-finals of the Ranji Trophy 2018-19. So, this is how the Ranji Trophy 2018-19 plate group works..
Vidarbha went into the Ranji Trophy 2018-2019 season as the defending champions, after they beat Delhi in the final of the 2017/18 tournament. That was the first time they had ever won the competition.
The Ranji Trophy Groups 2018-19 are as follows:
Group A (Elite): Baroda, Chattisgarh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Mumbai, Railways, Saurashtra and Vidarbha.
Group B (Elite): Delhi, Bengal, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Hyderabad, Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.
Group C (Elite): Assam, Goa, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Odisha, Services, Rajasthan, Tripura and Uttar Pradesh
Plate Group: Bihar, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Pudhucherry, Sikkim and Uttarakhand.