Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy

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Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy
Logo of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy
AdministratorBoard of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)
First edition2006–07
Latest edition2023–24
Next edition2024–25
Tournament formatRound-robin and knockout
Number of teams38
Current championPunjab (1st title)
Most successfulTamil Nadu (3 titles)
Most runsHarpreet Singh Bhatia (2,215 runs)
Most wicketsSiddharth Kaul (120 wickets)

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). It is named after former Test cricketer Syed Mushtaq Ali.

It is played by the teams from the Ranji Trophy, which is the premier domestic first-class cricket championship in the country. In 2006–07, the inaugural competition was won by Tamil Nadu under the captaincy of Dinesh Karthik. The 2023–24 tournament was won by Punjab, who defeated Baroda in the final. Tamil Nadu have been the most successful team, winning the trophy three times.


The tournament is played under Twenty20 (T20) rules. Originally known as the Inter-State T20 Championship, it was inaugurated by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the 2006–07 season. Except in 2016–17, the tournament has been contested by teams involved in the Ranji Trophy, 27 at first and currently (2023) 38. The format has generally been to begin with a round-robin stage with the teams divided into zonal groups, the top teams in each group qualifying for a knockout stage culminating in the final tie. In 2012–13, the BCCI decided to replace the knockout with a Super League consisting of two groups, the winners of which qualified for the final. In June 2016, the BCCI relaunched the competition using zonal teams, as in the Duleep Trophy, but they reverted to the Ranji teams in 2017. Since then, the competing teams have increased to 38 and the knockout stage restored.[2]


The 38 teams are divided into five Elite groups, namely A, B, C, D, and E. There used to be a Plate group for newer teams but it has been discontinued. There are eight teams in groups A, B, and C who play seven matches each. Groups D and E have seven teams who play six matches each. The top-ranked teams in each group qualify for the knockout stage along with the three best runners-up. The knockout consists of four quarter-final matches, two semi-finals and the final.[3]

Current teams[edit]

The competition features the following 38 domestic teams, listed by their 2023–24 groups.[3]


Seasons Winners Runners-up Winning Captain Losing Captain
2006/07 Tamil Nadu Punjab Dinesh Karthik Pankaj Dharmani
2009/10 Maharashtra Hyderabad Rohit Motwani Amol Shinde
2010/11 Bengal Madhya Pradesh Manoj Tiwary Mohnish Mishra
2011/12 Baroda Punjab Pinal Shah Harbhajan Singh
2012/13 Gujarat Punjab Parthiv Patel Mandeep Singh
2013/14 Baroda Uttar Pradesh Aditya Waghmode Akshdeep Nath
2014/15 Gujarat Punjab Manpreet Juneja Gurkeerat Singh
2015/16 Uttar Pradesh Baroda Suresh Raina Irfan Pathan
2016/17 East Zone Central Zone Manoj Tiwary Naman Ojha
2017/18 Delhi Rajasthan Pradeep Sangwan Aniket Choudhary
2018/19 Karnataka Maharashtra Manish Pandey Rahul Tripathi
2019/20 Karnataka Tamil Nadu Manish Pandey Dinesh Karthik
2020/21 Tamil Nadu Baroda Dinesh Karthik Kedar Devdhar
2021/22 Tamil Nadu Karnataka Vijay Shankar Manish Pandey
2022/23 Mumbai Himachal Pradesh Ajinkya Rahane Rishi Dhawan
2023/24 Punjab Baroda Mandeep Singh Krunal Pandya

Tournament records[edit]

Team Records[edit]

Team records[4]
Most Trophy wins 3 Tamil Nadu
Most consecutive wins including league 14 Karnataka
Most consecutive defeats 22 Jammu and Kashmir
Largest margin of victory (by runs) By 179 runs Andhra vs Nagaland
Largest margin of victory (by wickets) By 10 wickets 30 times
Largest margin of victory (by balls remaining) 100 balls Jharkhand vs Tripura

Highest totals[edit]

Score By Against Venue Date
275/6 Punjab Andhra JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi 17 October 2023
258/4 Mumbai Sikkim Emerald High School Ground, Indore 21 February 2019
252/4 Gujarat Manipur ACA–KDCA Cricket Ground, Mulapadu 2 March 2019
250/3 Karnataka Services Dr PVG Raju ACA Sports Complex, Vizianagaram 12 November 2019
246/5 Railways Arunachal Pradesh JSCA International Stadium Complex, Ranchi 17 October 2023
  • Source: ESPNcricinfo[5]

Lowest totals[edit]

Score By Against Venue Date
30 Tripura Jharkhand Tata Digwadih Stadium, Dhanbad 20 October 2009
40 Manipur Punjab Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur 18 October 2022
44 Assam Delhi Moti Bagh Stadium, Vadodara 6 January 2016
49 Sikkim Gujarat Lalabhai Contractor Stadium, Surat 14 November 2019
50 Mizoram Uttarakhand Niranjan Shah Stadium, Rajkot 20 October 2022
  • Source: ESPNcricinfo[6]

Highest Individual score[edit]

Score Name From Against Venue Date
147 Shreyas Iyer Mumbai Sikkim Emerald High School Ground, Indore 21 February 2019
146* Puneet Bisht Meghalaya Mizoram Guru Nanak College Ground, Chennai 13 January 2021
137* Mohammed Azharuddeen Kerala Mumbai Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
134 Prithvi Shaw Mumbai Assam Niranjan Shah Stadium, Rajkot 14 October 2022
129* Manish Pandey Karnataka Services Dr PVG Raju ACA Sports Complex, Vizianagram 12 November 2019
  • Source: ESPNcricinfo[7]

See also[edit]


  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. ^ a b Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, 2023–24 Tables, CricketArchive. Retrieved 6 November 2023. (subscription required)
  4. ^ "Overall First-Class Records". CricketArchive. Archived from the original on 22 February 2007. Retrieved 24 January 2021.
  5. ^ "Highest totals". ESPNcricinfo. ESPN. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Lowest totals". ESPNcricinfo. ESPN. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Batting Most Runs Innings". ESPNcricinfo. ESPN. Retrieved 8 January 2019.

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