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    Challenger Trophy to kick off 2013-14 domestic season

    Mumbai: The three-team NKP Salve Challenger Trophy 50-over tournament will kick off the upcoming domestic season on September 26 with domestic one-day champions Delhi taking on India A.

    The final of the tournament, in which India B is the third competing team, is scheduled for September 29 at a venue which is yet to be decided by the Cricket Board, as per the truncated schedule it has uploaded on Monday on its website.

    The season's Duleep Trophy is to be held in South Zone centres from October 3-21.

    The schedule of NKP Salve and Duleep Trophy tournaments:

    NKP Salve Challenger series (Venue to be announced):
    Sep 26: Delhi v India A (D/N)

    Sep 27: India A v India B (D/N)

    Sep 28: Delhi v India B (D/N)

    Sep 29: Final (D/N)

    Duleep Trophy (South Zone):

    Oct 3-6: South Zone v West Zone

    Oct 10-13: East Zone v North Zone

    Oct 10-13: Central Zone v winers of South v West

    Oct 17-21: Final

    The BCCI's Tours Prorammes and Fixtures sub-committee had announced the Ranji Trophy groups for the season earlier.

    The groups are:

    Group A: Mumbai, Punjab, Gujarat, Delhi, Karnataka, Haryana, Orissa, Vidarbha, Jharkhand.

    Group B: Saurashtra, Services, Uttar Pradesh, Railways, Baroda, Madhya Pradesh, Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan.

    Group C: Hyderabad, Maharashtra, Andhra, Assam, Kerala, Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Tripura.