Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy

The Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy[1] is a domestic Twenty20 cricket championship in India, organized by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), among the teams from the Ranji Trophy. It is named after the famous Indian test cricketer, Syed Mushtaq Ali. The 2006-2007 inaugural season of this trophy was won by Tamil Nadu under the captaincy of Dinesh Karthik. Rohit Sharma scored the first T20 century by an Indian, which is in the first edition of SMAT trophy. In June 2016, the BCCI announced that the championship would be scrapped and replaced with a zonal-based competition.[2] The very next season, the BCCI reverted to include all the domestic teams. Tamil Nadu is the current Champion and the most successful team of the tournament, winning it thrice.

Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy
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Logo of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy
Countries India
First edition2006–07
Latest edition2021–22
Next edition2022–23
Tournament formatRound robin, then knockout
Number of teams38
Current championTamil Nadu
Most successfulTamil Nadu (3 titles)
Most runsKedar Devdhar, (Baroda) (2215 runs)
Most wicketsPiyush Chawla, (Gujarat) (85 wickets)
2021–22 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy


The BCCI launched its own state structure in 2006-07 season with 27 Ranji teams divided in five Zones with the name of Inter-State T20 Championship which was renamed and relaunched as the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Rohit Sharma scored the first T20 century by an Indian Which is in the first edition of SMAT trophy while chasing a target of 140+ vs Gujarat he scored for Mumbai in the very 2nd match while he scored 40+ notout in first match. The winners and runners-up of each Zone qualify for the knockout stage. In the 2012-13 season, the knockout stage was replaced with a Super League where Zonal winners and runners-up are divided into two groups and the winner of each group played the final. In 2015-16 season, the teams didn't compete on Zonal basis, and were drawn into four groups, unlike the previous seasons. In the 2016-17 season, Combined Zonal teams played the super league instead of Zonal winners.

After 9 new teams were included into the domestic structure in the 2018-19 season, the zonal system was abolished and teams are drawn into five groups with group winners and runners up qualifying for the Super League. The 10 teams are divided into two groups and the Super League group winners play the Final.

The 2021 season of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy is began on 20 October 2021, with the final to be played on 12 November 2021.[3] Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy 2021 final will be played between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.


The 38 teams have been divided into five Elite groups, namely A, B, C, D, E, comprising six teams each, and one Plate group with eight teams. Each team will play a total of five league matches, regardless of the number of teams in the group, with all 38 teams playing the same number of matches. A total of 6 teams from the top ranked teams in each group (5 elites and 1 plate) will make it to the knockout stage, and the 2nd ranked teams from the 5 elite groups will join to make a total of 8 teams.

Current teamsEdit

The competition features all 38 Domestic Teams of India.


Seasons Winners Runners-up
2006/07 Tamil Nadu Punjab
2009/10 Maharashtra Hyderabad
2010/11 Bengal Madhya Pradesh
2011/12 Baroda Punjab
2012/13 Gujarat Punjab
2013/14 Baroda Uttar Pradesh
2014/15 Gujarat Punjab
2015/16 Uttar Pradesh Baroda
2016/17 East Zone Central Zone
2017/18 Delhi Rajasthan
2018/19 Karnataka Maharashtra
2019/20 Karnataka Tamil Nadu
2020/21 Tamil Nadu Baroda
2021/22 Tamil Nadu Karnataka

Tournament recordsEdit

Team RecordsEdit

Team records[4]
Most Trophy wins 3 Tamil Nadu
Most consecutive wins including league 14 Karnataka
Most consecutive defeats 22 Jammu & Kashmir
Largest margin of victory (by runs) By 130 runs Vidarbha vs Sikkim
Largest margin of victory (by wickets) By 10 wicket Jharkhand vs Tripura
Largest margin of victory (by balls) By 100 balls Jharkhand vs Tripura

Highest team scoreEdit

Score By Against Venue City Year Ref
250/3 Karnataka Services Dr PVG Raju ACA Sports Complex Vizianagaram 2019 [5]
243/3 Mumbai Punjab Lalabhai Contractor Stadium Surat 2019 [6]
233/3 Gujarat Kerala Emerald High School Ground Indore 2013 [7]
233/7 Saurashtra Vidarbha Holkar Cricket Stadium Indore 2021 [8]
230/6 Meghalaya Mizoram Guru Nanak College Ground Chennai 2021 [9]

Lowest team scoreEdit

Score By Against Venue City Year Ref
30 Tripura Jharkhand Tata Digwadih Stadium Dhanbad 2009 [10]
58 Andhra Hyderabad Gymkhana Ground Hyderabad 2011 [11]
58 Bengal Tamil Nadu Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium Hyderabad 2012 [12]

Highest Individual scoreEdit

Score Name From Against Venue Year Ref
147 Shreyas Iyer Mumbai Sikkim Indore 2019 [13]
155 Puneet Bisht Meghalaya Mizoram Chennai 2021 [14]
135 Mohammed Azharuddeen Kerala Mumbai Mumbai 2021 [15]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 22 January 2021.
  2. ^ "BCCI revamps Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy structure". ESPNcricinfo. 24 June 2016. Retrieved 24 June 2016.
  3. ^ "BCCI announces India's domestic season for 2021-22". SportsTiger. 3 July 2021. Retrieved 3 July 2021.
  4. ^ "Overall First-Class Records". CricketArchive. Archived from the original on 22 February 2007. Retrieved 24 January 2021.
  5. ^ "Karnataka vs Services". ESPNcricinfo.
  6. ^ "Punjab vs Mumbai".
  7. ^ Gujarat vs Kerala
  8. ^ Saurashtra vs Vidarbha
  9. ^ Meghalaya vs Mizoram
  10. ^ Jharkhand vs Tripura
  11. ^ Hyderabad vs Andhra
  12. ^ Bengal vs Tamil Nadu
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