The Working Committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India decided on Monday to approve the recommendations of the Special Committee on the revision of the Ranji Trophy format. The 27 teams will now be divided into three groups of nine sides each instead of having the division in two groups - Elite and Plate.
Now, teams will be able to play nine matches each in the league stages before qualifying for the quarter-finals.
According to an official release issued by Board Secretary Sanjay Jagdale, the top three teams from Group A, B and C will qualify for the knockout stage.
In addition to the above decision, the inter-state tournament for the under-22s will be referred to as the 'A' teams tournament, and will feature cricketers in the under-25 age-group.
Approval was also given to have the winner of the Vijay Hazare Trophy will play in NKP Salve Challenger Trophy with the other two teams to be picked by the All-India Senior Selection Committee.