Starting from 20th February, in this season of Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021, we have witnessed thirty-eight teams playing in six different groups in a ten days long league stage playing for 8 spots in the quarterfinals.
The league stage took place in six different cities namely- Chennai, Kolkata, Jaipur, Bangalore, Indore, and Surat. All the knockout matches will be played in the Indian capital New Delhi. All team members of the qualifying teams will have to follow all COVID protocols and will be reaching the capital for the knockout stage.
The knockout stage will be starting from the 7th of March, before that, all team members are to reach their respective venues. The knock-out stage is scheduled to finish in 8 days till 14th March.
Nine teams have qualified for the quarter-finals, though based on the conventional system quarterfinal consists of 8 teams. The final quarter-finals will be among eight-team, according to the Vijay Hazare Trophy tournament structure this year there will be a pre-quarterfinal between Delhi and Uttarakhand.
The team which will win in the pre-quarterfinal of Vijay Hazare will join the other 7 for the quarterfinals. This year’s tournament was divided into 5 elite groups and 1 player group. Top teams from each Elite Group have directly qualified for the quarterfinals, according to the live cricket score.
From Elite Group A Gujrat, Andhra Pradesh (Elite Group B), Karnataka (Elite Group C), Mumbai (Elite Group D), Saurashtra (Elite Group E) other 4 teams are Delhi, Uttarakhand, Kerala, and Uttar Pradesh.
Uttarakhand will play against Delhi and not the others as Delhi was the last team to qualify from the combined Elite group stage. Though Baroda, too, had the same live cricket score due to the lower net run rate, they could not qualify.
A lot of the youngsters are performing really well and demonstrating their capabilities. Many of the IPL players perform very promisingly, which can their respective franchisees assess their performances. Fans are expecting a very competitive knockout round.