(Last Updated on : 16/11/2013)
Indian Cricket Associations play a major role towards the betterment of a player and helps towards achieving their goals to reach high in life. The game of cricket has always been compared to religion in India and it is undoubtedly one of the most popular games in India, at the moment. The game is being played in India at different levels. The Indian people play the game at school level, college level, district level, state level, national level and also in the international level. In order to govern the game and also to maintain a high standard of cricket, there are several cricket associations in India. The Indian cricket associations are formed at various levels like district cricket associations, state cricket associations or women's cricket association. The national body for governing the game in India is the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI).
Almost all the 28 states of India have their own cricket associations and there is more than one association in some of the states like Maharashtra
etc. The Indian cricket associations are in charge of selecting players to take part in various tournaments. The state associations select the State teams for taking part in the national level tournaments like Ranji Trophy
, Duleep Trophy
, Challengers Trophy, Irani Trophy
, Deodhar Trophy
Board of Control for Cricket in India
The Board of Control for Cricket in India
is the main cricket governing body in India and almost all the other Indian cricket associations are working under its umbrella. The Indian cricket associations are engaged in finding out talented cricketers from the remote areas and also in upbringing new cricket players for India. The associations also organise several cricket tournaments from time to time and these tournaments really help the cricketers to show their talents in front of the cricket administrators.
Apart from that, the state cricket associations manage and organise a large number of cricket playing clubs and help them in operating their activities properly. The cricket associations also build new stadiums, gymnasiums and maintain the quality of the existing cricket facilities. They are always working on providing state-of-the-art facilities to the young cricketers, as well.
The state associations also send their own representatives to the BCCI so that they can look after the interests of the cricketers of their respective states. The representatives also help BCCI in governing the game of cricket in India, in a better and improved way.
Andhra Cricket Association
Andhra Cricket Association (ACA) is one of the members of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The ACA is the authorised association for organising cricket matches and other official events in the state. The ACA was established in the year 1953, with the two great cricket players from Andhra Pradesh, C. K. Naidu and C. S. Naidu, and Mushtaq Ali playing a festival match for marking the foundation. The association is controlled by the BCCI, apex organization for cricket in India. It arranges domestic and international matches for the association.
Baroda Cricket Association
Baroda Cricket Association is affiliated to the Board of Control for Cricket in India. The Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) is considered to be one of the most successful and
active cricket governing bodies in India and it is an important member of the BCCI. The BCA has a rich history of cricket playing in Baroda and it has also presented a number of famous cricketers like H R Adhikari, R B Nimbalkar, D K Gaekwad, J M Ghorpade, Anshuman Gaekwad
, Rashid Patel and Kiran More
. The association has also introduced the cricketers like Nayan Mongia, Atul Bedade, Jacob Martin and Irfan Pathan
and Yusuf Pathan, in the recent times.
Mumbai Cricket Association
Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) is one of the oldest members of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and it is in charge of all kinds of cricket related activities in Mumbai
and its surrounding regions like Thane
and Greater Mumbai, at the moment. The jurisdiction of MCA includes the area up to Dahanu in the Western Suburbs, Badlapur in the Central Suburbs, and Navi Mumbai up to Kharghar. The association is formerly known as the Bombay Cricket Association and it started its journey in the year 1930. The association has a sound Constitution for governing its activities and it belongs to the West Zone, according to the BCCI. The association is a perfect example of governing cricket, as it always tries to maintain a sound democratic atmosphere in all of its activities. It also houses the Headquarters of the BCCI in Cricket Centre within the Wankhede Stadium
premises. The Mumbai Cricket Association is having its own stadium- The Wankhede Stadium; that was built in the year of 1975.
Kerala Cricket Association
Kerala Cricket Association is a member of Board of Control for Cricket in India. It is responsible for the development of Cricket in Kerala. The people of Kerala are always very fond of various kinds of sports, especially Cricket. Though very few players from Kerala have represented Indian Cricket
Team in the international arena, their love for the game never diminished. The Kerala Cricket Association (KCA), at the moment, is bearing all the responsibilities for developing cricket in the state of Kerala. There have been many cricketing personalities from KCA who actually served the game at the national level and among them, the legendary Col. Goda Varma Raja, definitely stands out. He served the post of President for KCA from the years 1950 to 1963.
Among the numerous Indian cricket associations, there are some associations that have got into the leading positions as far as producing talented players and in making contribution to the game are concerned. The state cricket associations like Delhi District Cricket Association, Haryana Cricket Association, Punjab Cricket Association
, Tamil Nadu Cricket Association
, Andhra Cricket Association
, Karnataka State Cricket Association
, Cricket Association Of Bengal, Orissa
Cricket Association, Assam
Cricket Association, Baroda Cricket Association, Maharashtra Cricket Association, Mumbai Cricket Association
, Madhya Pradesh
Cricket Association, Rajasthan Cricket Association
, Uttar Pradesh
Cricket Association, Vidarbha Cricket Association etc are the most notable ones.