England warm-up tie deny Services a chance to play at home
New Delhi, Jan 1 (PTI) Minnows Services have been denied a chance of playing their all-important Ranji Trophy quarter-final match against Uttar Pradesh on their home turf at the Airforce Ground in Palam as England ODI squad will be playing a warm-up game on January 6.
Services, who have not qualified for the knock-out stage for many years, have topped Group C with 26 points and will be playing Group B toppers UP at Indore from January 6.
Services are the only team who will not get the home advantage as another Plate Group side Jharkhand will be pitted against Group A table leader Punjab at the Keenan Stadium in Jamshedpur from the same day.
Mumbai will host Baroda at home and there is a fair chance that Sachin Tendulkar will be playing that match. The match will also be telecast live on ESPN.
Saurashtra will be taking on Karnataka in Rajkot.
All the quarter-final matches will be five-day affairs as per the new rules.
Itinerary for Ranji Trophy quarter-final
Scheduled Date: January 6-10
Punjab (A1) vs Jharkhand (C2) (Jamshedpur)
Uttar Pradesh (B1) vs Services (C1) (Indore-neutral venue)
Mumbai (A3) vs Baroda (B2) (Mumbai; Live Telecast)
Saurashtra (A2) vs Karnataka (B3) (Rajkot).