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The Irani Cup (earlier called Irani Trophy) tournament was conceived during the 1959-60 season to mark the completion of 25 years of the Ranji Trophy championship and was named after the late Z.R. Irani, who was associated with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) from its inception in 1928, till his death in 1970. The fixture is played annually between the incumbent Ranji Trophy winners and the Rest of India Team.

Irani Cup
Countries  India
Administrator BCCI
Format First-class cricket
First tournament 1959–60
Last tournament 2016–17
Next tournament 2017–18
Tournament format One-off
Number of teams 2 (Rest of India vs winner of Ranji Trophy)
Current champion Rest of India
Current trophy holder Rest of India
Most successful Rest of India (28 Titles)
Qualification Ranji Trophy
2016–17 Irani Cup

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HistoryEdit

The first match, played between the Ranji Trophy champions and the Rest of India was played in 1959-60 with the trophy being instituted in the name of Zal Irani, long time treasurer of the Board of Control for Cricket in India and a keen patron of the game. For the first few years, it was played towards the end of the season. Realizing the importance of the fixture, the BCCI moved it to the beginning of the season, and from 1965-66 to 2012-13, it was traditionally heralded the start of the new domestic season. In 2013, it was moved to a date immediately after the Ranji Trophy final, resulting in there being two Irani Cup matches the 2012/13 season. The game has since remained at the end of the season, and is played shortly after the Ranji Trophy final.[1]

Tournament historyEdit

Following table shows the result of Irani Trophy from 1959-60 to 2013-14.[2]

Year Winner Runner-up Host
1959-60 Bombay Rest of India Feroz Shah Kotla
1962-63 Bombay Rest of India Brabourne Stadium
1963-64 Bombay Rest of India Neelam Sanjeeva Reddy Stadium
1965-66 Bombay / Rest of India Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium (Chennai)
1966-67 Rest of India Bombay Eden Gardens
1967-68 Bombay Rest of India Brabourne Stadium
1968-69 Rest of India Bombay Brabourne Stadium
1969-70 Bombay Rest of India Pune Club Ground
1970-71 Bombay Rest of India Eden Gardens
1971-72 Rest of India Bombay Brabourne Stadium
1972-73 Bombay Rest of India Nehru Stadium, Pune
1973-74 Rest of India Bombay M. Chinnaswamy Stadium
1974-75 Karnataka Rest of India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad
1975-76 Bombay Rest of India Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground
1976-77 Bombay Rest of India Feroz Shah Kotla
1977-78 Rest of India Bombay Wankhede Stadium
1978-79 Rest of India Karnataka M. Chinnaswamy Stadium
1980-81 Delhi Rest of India Feroz Shah Kotla
1981-82 Bombay Rest of India Nehru Stadium, Indore
1982-83 Rest of India Delhi Feroz Shah Kotla
1983-84 Karnataka Rest of India Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground
1984-85 Rest of India Bombay Feroz Shah Kotla
1985-86 Bombay Rest of India Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground
1986-87 Rest of India Delhi Barkatullah Khan Stadium
1987-88 Hyderabad Rest of India Gymkhana Ground, Secunderabad
1988-89 Tamil Nadu Rest of India M. A. Chidambaram Stadium
1989-90 Delhi Rest of India Wankhede Stadium
1990-91 Rest of India Bengal M. Chinnaswamy Stadium
1991-92 Haryana Rest of India Nahar Singh Stadium
1992-93 Rest of India Delhi Feroz Shah Kotla
1993-94 Rest of India Punjab Punjab Agricultural University Stadium
1994-95 Bombay Rest of India Wankhede Stadium
1995-96 Bombay Rest of India Wankhede Stadium
1996-97 Karnataka Rest of India M. Chinnaswamy Stadium
1997-98 Mumbai Rest of India Wankhede Stadium
1998-99 Karnataka Rest of India M. Chinnaswamy Stadium
1999-00 Rest of India Karnataka M. Chinnaswamy Stadium
2000-01 Rest of India Mumbai Wankhede Stadium
2001-02 Rest of India Baroda Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground
2002-03 Railways Rest of India Karnail Singh Stadium
2003-04 Rest of India Mumbai MA Chidambaram Stadium
2004-05 Rest of India Mumbai Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium
2005-06 Railways Rest of India Karnail Singh Stadium
2006-07 Rest of India Uttar Pradesh Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground
2007-08 Rest of India Mumbai Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground
2008-09 Rest of India Delhi Reliance Cricket Stadium
2009-10 Rest of India Mumbai Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium
2010-11 Rest of India Mumbai Sawai Mansingh Stadium
2011-12 Rest of India Rajasthan Sawai Mansingh Stadium
2012-13 Rest of India[3] Rajasthan M. Chinnaswamy Stadium
2013[4] Rest of India[5] Mumbai Wankhede Stadium
2013-14 Karnataka Rest of India M. Chinnaswamy Stadium
2014-15 Karnataka[6] Rest of India M. Chinnaswamy Stadium
2015-16 Rest of India[7] Mumbai Brabourne Stadium
2016-17 Rest of India[8] Gujarat Brabourne Stadium

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