The league stage will probably be held in six biosecure venues: Bengaluru, Kolkata, Vadodara, Indore, Mumbai and Chennai
Ahmedabad will host the knockouts of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2020-21, whereas Bengaluru, Kolkata, Vadodara, Indore, Mumbai and Chennai are the six biosecure hubs for group matches. The 38 groups are divided into 5 Elite teams and one Plate group, with defending champions Karnataka slotted in Elite group A who will play their matches in Bengaluru.
The groups are required to assemble of their respective host cities on or earlier than January 2 and can endure three rounds of Covid-19 test – on January 2, four and 6 – earlier than they’ll begin coaching on January 8. There will probably be two extra rounds of testing – on January 20 and 22 – earlier than the knockouts beginning on January 26.
The knockouts would be the first consultant games in Ahmedabad in 5 years. The last international match played at Motera was the second game of the ODI series towards Sri Lanka, in November 2014, and the final home match was an IPL game in 2015. The Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy video games will probably be a costume rehearsal because the refurbished Motera Stadium will later stage the third and fourth Tests between India and England earlier than internet hosting the five-match T20I series between the 2 groups.
The event will kick off on January 10, with the quarter-finals on January 26 and 27, the semi-finals on January 29, and the ultimate on January 31.
Like Karnataka, most home heavyweights will play their games at residence: Bengal in Kolkata (Elite group B), Gujarat and Baroda in Vadodara (Elite group C), Vidarbha and Madhya Pradesh in Indore (Elite group D) and Mumbai in Mumbai (Elite group E). However, the restricted venues imply Tamil Nadu must play in Kolkata, Saurashtra in Indore and Delhi in Mumbai. Plate group groups – Chandigarh, Meghalaya, Bihar, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh – will play their games in Chennai.