The 2016–17 Ranji Trophy is scheduled to be the 83rd season of the Ranji Trophy, the premier first-class cricket tournament in India. Unlike previous seasons, the 2016–17 tournament will be played at neutral venues.
Captains and coaches were supportive of the change
The Chhattisgarh cricket team are scheduled to make their debut in the competition, becoming the 28th team to compete in this edition of the Ranji Trophy.
In September 2016, the BCCI announced the dates, groups and fixtures for the competition
Ranji Trophy Groups:
Group A: Mumbai, Baroda, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Bengal, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Railways, Uttar Pradesh
Group B: Saurashtra, Odisha, Delhi, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Vidarbha, Rajasthan, Assam, Jharkhand
Group C: Hyderabad, Haryana, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Tripura, Services, Goa, Jammu & Kashmir, Andhra, Chhattisgarh