The Duleep Trophy is an official first-class cricket tournament, founded by the Board of Cricket Council of India (BCCI). The tournament is played between teams representing the geographical zones of India. The first tournament was held in 1961 where the West Zone defeated South Zone in the finals by ten wickets. The North Zone and West Zone have dominated the tournament many times since its inception. Each zonal team consists of players who play in the Ranji Trophy from the respective state or city of that particular zone. The tournament also started allowing a foreign team to compete as a sixth team since 2003 and this practice ended up in the year 2008.