The Z. R. Irani Cup prior called Irani Trophy competition was imagined amid the 1959-60 season to stamp the fulfillment of 25 years of the Ranji Trophy title and was named after the late Z. R. Irani, who was related with the Board of Control for Cricket in India BCCI from its origin in 1928, till his demise in 1970. The installation is played yearly between the occupant Ranji Trophy champs and the Rest of India Team. The principal coordinate, played between the Ranji Trophy champions and the Rest of India was played in 1959-60 with the trophy being founded for the sake of Zal Irani, long time treasurer of the Board of Control for Cricket in India and a sharp benefactor of the diversion.
For the initial couple of years, it was played towards the finish of the season. Understanding the significance of the installation, the BCCI moved it to the start of the season, and from 1965-66 to 2012-13, it was customarily proclaimed the beginning of the new household season. In 2013, it was moved to a date instantly after the Ranji Trophy last, bringing about there being two Irani Cup coordinates the 2012/13 season. The diversion has since stayed toward the finish of the season, and is played not long after the Ranji Trophy last.