Ranji dates altered to avoid clash with Champions Twenty20 league

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Mumbai, Oct 4 (UNI) The Champions Twenty20 League, to be held in India from December 3 to 10, has forced the BCCI to revise its schedule of the 2008-09 Ranji Trophy season.

The schedule has been altered to avoid a clash of dates with the first edition of the Champions Twenty20 League, which will see the top two teams from India, Australia and South Africa besides a team from England and Pakistan, vying for the winners purse of USD six million.

As per the revised fixtures, the third and fourth round matches of the Elite division have been advanced by a day from November 17 and 24 to November 16 and 23 respectively. The dates of the subsequent rounds have also been changed.

In the Plate division, the first two rounds dates will remain unaltered, but from third round onwards their schedule will be changed.

The final match's date remains the same, but the semifinals would be played on new dates, according to a statement issued by BCCI Secretary N Srinivasan.

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