Kerala will take on Jammu and Kashmir in their Ranji Trophy opener at Kalyani in West Bengal on October 6. According to the new format, all Ranji matches will be held at neutral venues this season.
Kerala are placed in Group C along with Andhra, Himachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Tripura, Goa, Hyderabad, Haryana, Services and Jammu and Kashmir. The top two teams will make it to the quarterfinals. Kerala will also host five Ranji games of other teams in Thiruvananthapuram, Wayanad and Kochi between October and December.
Kerala vs Jammu and Kashmir, Oct 6-9, Kalyani, West Bengal; vs Himachal Pradesh, Oct 13-16,Kolkata; vs Hyderabad, Oct 20-23, Bhubaneswar; vs Chhattisgarh, Oct 27-30, Jamshedpur; vs Haryana, Nov 5-8, Jaipur; vs Goa, Nov 13-16, Mumbai (CCI); vs Andhra, Nov 21-24, Guwahati; vs Tripura, Nov 29-Dec 2, Barabati, Odisha; vs Services, Dec 7-10, Karnail Singh Stadium, Delhi.
Ranji matches of other teams in Kerala: Vidarbha vs Assam, Oct 20-23, Thiruvananthapuram; Jharkhand vs Vidarbha, Oct 27-30, Wayanad; Delhi vs Jharkhand, Nov 5-8, Thiruvananthapuram; Rajasthan vs Delhi, Nov 21-24, Wayanad; Odisha vs Maharashtra, Nov. 29-Dec 2, Kochi.