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Bengal have no easy games


26th September 2017
Bengal will have a tough challenge in Group D from Services, Chattisgarh and Himachal Pradesh even as Ranji Trophy goes back to home away format from this season. However, Group B seems to be a group of death.
The defending champions Gujarat are in group B along with last year's semi-finalists Jharkhand, quarter-finalists Haryana, Saurashtra, Kerala, Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir.
Unlike previous editions, the 28 teams are divided into four groups of seven each instead of the existing three and the top two from each group will make it to the quarter-final (the previous system saw three teams advancing from the Group A & B and two teams from the Group C. This gives equal opportunity to all teams to advance.
This season's tournament, which starts on October 6, will run till January 2. The league stage ends in the last week of November and the quarterfinals will be played from December 7 while the semi-finals from December 17. The final starts on December 29. The league matches will be a four-day encounter while the knockouts will be a five-day affair.
Group A: Karnataka, Delhi, Assam, Maharashtra, Hyderabad, Uttar Pradesh, Railways
Group B: Jharkhand, Gujarat, Kerala, Saurashtra, Haryana, Rajasthan, Jammu & Kashmir
Group C: Mumbai, Tamil Nadu, Andhra, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Baroda, Tripura
Group D: Himachal Pradesh, Vidarbha, Punjab, Bengal, Services, Goa, Chhattisgarh


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