Uttar Pradesh to host resurrected Duleep Trophy

NEW DELHI: The Duleep Trophy tournament, resurrected after the intervention of former India skipper Sourav Ganguly last week, will be played at the newly constructed Ekana International Cricket Stadium in Lucknow in September.

The Committee of Administrators had reinstated the Duleep Trophy in the season's domestic calendar after Ganguly, a member of the board's technical team, argued against its removal from the fixtures.

The Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association on Wednesday announced that all four matches of the Duleep Trophy would be played with the pink ball between 7 and 29 September. The opening and final matches will be played at the Lucknow Stadium while the remaining two matches are scheduled at the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur, UPCA acting secretary Yudhveer Singh told the Hindustan Times.

The Ekana stadium hosted a Ranji Trophy match in the 2016/17 season while construction was still going on. It will now begin its official journey with the opening Duleep Trophy (four-day) match from September 7 to 10, before hosting the five-day final on September 25. Kanpur’s Green Park stadium will host matches from September 13-16 and from September 19-22.  

Uttar Pradesh hosted the Duleep Trophy last year as well, when it was played at the Greater Noida Sports Complex ground.

The tournament will feature 45 cricketers and the matches will be played with pink ball and under floodlights.