The 2019 edition of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy will be an interesting precursor to the Indian Premier League. With the IPL and then the 2019 World Cup to follow, this tournament provides an opportunity for some of the leading Indian cricketers to hit top form.
Maharashtra won the inaugural Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (after the inter-state T20 tournament was rechristened) in 2009/10. Delhi won the tournament in 2018 by defeating Rajasthan in the final at Eden Gardens.
The 2019 edition sees a total of 37 teams divided into five groups. A whopping 140 matches will be played in the tournament. The top two sides from each group will progress to the Super League. The ten teams, who qualify to the next round, will be classified into two groups. The top two sides from each group will contest the final.
Group A - Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Nagaland, Manipur, Jammu & Kashmir, Kerala and Delhi
Group B - Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Vidarbha, Gujarat, Bihar, Rajasthan and Meghalaya
Group C - Railways, Sikkim, Saurashtra, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Goa and Mumbai
Group D - Odisha, Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Assam, Haryana, Chhattisgarh and Karnataka
Group E - Hyderabad, Tripura, Puducherry, Maharashtra, Baroda, Services, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand
The Group stage begins on February 21 and as many as 34 teams will be in action at various venues across the country. The matches continue on the 22nd, 24th, 25th and 27th and 28th. The final round of group matches will take place on March 2.
The Super League matches begin on March 8. The matches will continue on the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th. The all-important final is scheduled to take place on March 14. The venue for the title clash is yet to be decided.
Telecast and Live Streaming Details
Since there will be many matches taking place simultaneously, not all of them will be broadcast live. Selected matches will be broadcast live on Star Sports 2 and Star Sports 2 HD.
Hotstar will offer live streaming for selected matches in the Group stage as well as in Super League phase.
Delhi: Ishant Sharma (c), Nitish Rana, Dhruv Shorey, Himmat Singh, Unmukt Chand, Manjot Kalra, Hiten Dalal, Lalit Yadav, Pawan Negi, Navdeep Saini, Suboth Bhati, Pranshu Vijayran, Varun Sood and Anuj Rawat
Tamil Nadu: Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Washington Sundar, V Athisayaraj Davidson, Murugan Ashwin, NS Chaturved, Hari Nishanth, Baba Indrajith, N Jagadeesan, Jagatheesan Kousik, M Mohammed, T Natarajan, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Shahrukh Khan, Abhishek Tanwar and R Vivek
Saurashtra: Jaydev Unadkat (c), Aarpit Vasavada, Agnivesh Ayachi, Jay Chauhan, Divyaraj Chauhan, Yuvraj Chudasama, Harvik Desai, Sheldon Jackson, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Vishvaraj Jadeja, Chirag Jani, Prerak Mankad, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hardik Rathod, Chetan Sakariya and Robin Uthappa
Mumbai: Ajinkya Rahane (c), Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Shardul Thakur, Dhawal Kulkarni, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Suryakumar Yadav, Akash Parkar, Eknath Kerkar, Dhrumil Matkar, Shams Mulani, Shubham Ranjane, Tushar Deshpande and Royston Dias
Karnataka: Manish Pandey (c), Karun Nair, Mayank Agarwal, Manoj S Bhandage, KC Cariappa, Shreyas Gopal, Rohan Kadam, V Koushik, Abhimanyu Mithun, Prasidh Krishna, Sharath BR, Krishnamurthy Siddharth, Luvnith Sisodia, Jagadeesha Suchith and Vinay Kumar
Jammu & Kashmir: Shubham Khajuria, Owais Shah, Shubham Pundir, Parvez Rasool, Irfan Pathan, Waseem Raza, Manzoor Pandav, Abdul Samad, Jatin Wadhwan, Mujtaba Yousuf, Umar Nazir, Suryansh Raina, Ram Dayal, Bandeep Singh, Adil Reshi and Shahrukh Dar
Punjab: Harbhajan Singh (c), Mandeep Singh, Manan Vohra, Shubhman Gill, Gurkirat Singh Mann. Anmolpreet Singh, Sharad Lumba, Prabhsimran Singh (wk), Manpreet Singh Grewal. Baltej Singh, Barinder Sran, Sandeep Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Karan Kaila and Krishan
Madhya Pradesh: Rajat Patidar (c), Avesh Khan, Salman Baig, Sohraab Dhaliwal , Yash Dubey, Mihir Hirwani, Venkatesh Iyer, Kumar Kartikeya, Ishwar Pandey, Naman Ojha, Kuldeep Sen, Parth Sahani and Anshul Tripathi
Rajasthan: Mahipal Lomror (c), Aniket Choudhary, Chetan Bist, Robin Bist, Deepak Chahar, Rahul Chahar, Aditya Garhwal, Manender Narender Singh, Siddharth Saraf, Nathu Singh, Tajinder Singh, Abhijeet Tomar and Tanveer-Ul-Haq
Bengal: Manoj Tiwary (c), Abhimanyu Easwaran, Dwaipayan Bhattacharjee, Writtick Chatterjee, Ashok Dinda, Sayan Ghosh, Shreevats Goswami, Ishan Porel, Pradipta Pramanik, Prayas Barman, Ritwik Chowdhury, Wriddhiman Saha, Kanishk Seth, Vivek Singh and Shahbaz Ahmed
Andhra Pradesh: Hanuma Vihari(c), Ricky Bhui, Ashwin Hebbar, Bandaru Ayyappa, Srikar Bharat, Girinath Reddy, Pranith Manyala, Prasanth Kumar, Yarra Prithviraj, Dwaraka Ravi Teja, Harishankar Reddy, KV Sasikanth, Karn Sharma, Shoaib Mohammad Khan and Dasari Swaroop
Hyderabad: Himalay Agarwal, Tanmay Agarwal, Ashish Reddy, Akash Bhandari, Mehdi Hasan, Chama V Milind, Mohammed Siraj, Telukupalli Ravi Teja, Ambati Rayudu, Akshath Reddy, Rohit Rayudu, Palakodeti Sairam, Bavanaka Sandeep, Kolla Sumanth and Jamalpur Mallikarjun
Kerala: Sachin Baby (c), Arun Karthik, KM Asif, Basil Thampi, Akshay Chandran, Vinoop Manoharan, Sudhesan Midhun, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Karaparambil Monish, Dinesan Nidheesh, Rohan Prem, Ponnam Rahul, Sandeep Warrier, Jalaj Saxena and Vishnu Vinod
Railways: Prashant Gupta (c), Anureet Singh, Ashish Yadav, Prashant Awasthi, Gandhar Bhatawadekar, Mrunal Devdhar, Abhinav Dixit, Amit Chopra, Harsh Tyagi, Manjeet Singh, Amit Mishra, Ambikeshwar Mishra, Amit Paunikar, Pratham Singh and Krishnakant Upadhyay
Tripura: Manisankar Murasingh (c), Pratyush Singh, Abhijit Chakraborty, Kaushal Acharjee, Joydeep Banik, Udiyan Bose, Saurabh Das, Ninad Kadam, Sanjay Majumder, Rana Dutta, Tushar Saha, Nirupam Sen, Nirupam Chowdhary, Samrat Singha and Kamal Das
Odisha: Rajesh Dhuper, Subham Nayak, Pappu Roy, Sandeep Pattnaik, Govinda Poddar, Debabrata Pradhan, Suryakant Pradhan, Rajesh Mohanty, Abhishek Raut, Biplab Samantray, Anurag Sarangi, Subhranshu Senapati and Arabind Singh
Services: Rajat Paliwal (c), Gahlaut Rahul Singh, Sachidanand Pandey, Vikas Hathwala, Mohit Ahlawat, Lakhan Singh, Nakul Sharma, Diwesh Pathania, Ravi Chauhan, Rahul Singh, Arjun Sharma, Nakul Harpal Verma and Vikas Yadav
Maharashtra: Rahul Tripathi (c), Naushad Shaikh, Ankit Bawne, Satyajeet Bachhav, Samad Fallah, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Swapnil Gugale, Divyang Himganekar, Rohit Motwani, Nikhil Naik, Vijay Zol, Vishal Gite and Hitesh Walunj
Meghalaya: Puneet Bisht, Raj Biswa, Gurinder Singh, Lakhan Singh, Jason Lamare, Yogesh Nagar, Abhay Negi, Wanlambok Nongkhlaw, Amiangshu Sen, Aditya Singhania and Swarajeet Das
Sikkim: Tashi Pintso, Karma Bhutia, Mandup Bhutia, Rinzing Bhutia, Bibek Dayali, Bipul Sharma, Ishwar Chaudhary, Nilesh Lamichaney, Lee Yong Lepcha, Milind Kumar, Pritam Nirala, Amosi Rai, Plazor Tamang and Asish Thapa