The Board of Control for Cricket in India
(BCCI) rescheduled the Ranji Trophy 2022 knockout matches. The two semifinals
will now begin on June 14, instead of June 12, reported India Today.

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The final is scheduled at the Chinnaswamy
stadium in Bengaluru. Bengal, Jharkhand, Mumbai, Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Uttar
Pradesh, Punjab and Madhya Pradesh have qualified for the knockout stage of the
first-class competition.

The league stage of the Ranji Trophy was
played before the start of the ongoing IPL. The BCCI, however, is yet to announce
the reason behind the change in schedule.

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The schedule

Quarterfinals: June 6-10

First Quarterfinal: Bengal vs Jharkhand

Second Quarterfinal: Mumbai vs Uttarakhand

Third Quarterfinal: Karnataka vs Uttar

Fourth Quarterfinal: Punjab vs Madhya

Semifinals: June 14-18

Final: June 22-26.

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In January this year, the Indian cricket
board announced the postponement of the Ranji Trophy, CK Nayudu Trophy and the Women’s T20 League for the 2021-22 season in the wake of the rising
COVID-19 cases in the country.

The Ranji Trophy and CK Nayudu Trophy were
scheduled to begin in January while the Women’s T20 League was scheduled
to commence in February.

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In a release, the board secretary Jay Shah had then said, “BCCI does not want to compromise the safety of the players, support
staff, match officials and other participants involved and hence, has decided
to put the three tournaments on hold till further notice. The BCCI will
continue to assess the situation and take a call on the start of the tournaments

The 2022 season of the Ranji Trophy finally
began on February 17 with the group stage matches.

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Domestic cricket has been affected since
2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.