After being placed at number three in the group stage, Bengal, who are out of the quarterfinal race, have criticized the qualifying format of the Ranji Trophy. Punjab, who played the last match of the group stage against Bengal, also criticized the format while BCCI general manager (Cricket Operations) Saba Karim defended it. Both teams said that due to the format malfunction, only four teams from Group A and Group B were able to qualify.
Due to the joining of the new teams, after the formation of the Plate Group, the team led by Kareem had changed the format. It was different from the format presented by the BCCI Cricket Committee headed by Sourav Ganguly last year.
Before that, three teams from Group A and B and two teams from Group C reached the quarter-finals. This time five teams from Group A and B, two from Group C and one team from the plate phase reached the last eight. In such a situation, Vidarbha (29), Saurashtra (29), Karnataka (27) and Gujarat (26) reached the quarterfinals of Group A whereas in Group B, only Kerala (26) reached the final eight.
Bengal's mentor Arun Lal and Punjab captain Mandeep Singh criticized the format. Bengal has 23 points and he is in third place in Group B. According to the old format, the Bengal team would qualify. Mandeep said, "I talked to many senior players. I think that six teams should qualify from group A and B. Hopefully they will consider this in the next season. A and B are quite tough groups and six teams should qualify here. "