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Update Vijay Hazare Trophy to begin on February 20
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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has written to the state associations informing that the Vijay Hazare Trophy, India's domestic one-day competition, will begin on February 20. The teams have been asked to report at their respective venues on February 13 to start their six-day quarantine.

"The teams are required to assemble in their respective host cities on February 13 and will be needed to undergo Covid-19 testing procedure and Quarantine in accordance with the State regulatory authorities and the BCCI's SOPs," the BCCI mail to the state units, accessed by Cricbuzz, said on Sunday evening (February 6).

Like for the recently-concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, the BCCI has created six centres: Surat, Indore, Bangalore, Jaipur, Kolkata and an undecided venue in Tamil Nadu. The groups go like this:

Elite A (Surat): Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Tripura, Hyderabad, Baroda and Goa

Elite B (Indore): Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Jharkhand, MP, Vidarbha and AP

Elite C (Bangalore): Karnataka, UP, Kerala, Odisha, Railways and Bihar

Elite D (Jaipur): Delhi, Mumbai, Maharashtra, HP, Rajasthan and Pondicherry

Elite E (Kolkata): Bengal, Services, J&K, Saurastra, Haryana and Chadigarh

Plate (Tamil Nadu, city TBC): Uttarakhand, Nagaland, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Sikkim

The league stage of the Vijay Hazare Trophy will run from February 20 to March 1. After another round of testing and quarantine, the knockouts will start on March 8. The final, after two days of rest following the semi-finals on March 11, will be played on March 14. The venue for the knockouts, the BCCI told the state units, will be announced later. Karnataka are the defending Vijay Hazare champions.

BCCI's communication to the state units doesn't mention details about the proposed women's one-day matches, which were initially planned alongside the men's one-day tournament. Cricbuzz understands that the women's games could start after the league stage of the Vijay Hazare Trophy with identification of venues for a Bio-Secure Environment (BSE) understood to be the reason for the delay.

The eight-match series against South Africa Women, which Cricbuzz had reported about on February 1, is tentatively scheduled to start from March 6 in Trivandrum.

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