Saurashtra Cricket Association is the administrative body for Cricket activities in the Saurashtra region of the state of Gujarat in India and the Saurashtra cricket team. It is also affiliated to the Board of Control for Cricket in India
, who is the parent body or the governing set up for the game of Cricket in Saurashtra, and also conducting matches ranging from grass root level to international levels.
The Saurashtra Cricket Association develops and also promotes the game of Cricket by conducting various League Tournaments, Tournaments for the age group Under-13, Under-15, Under-17, and Under-19, Under-22 and Under-25 categories besides organising and conducting National Tournaments.
Saurashtra Cricket Association: Overview
The chronicles of history of Indian cricket
shows the role, achievements and contribution of Saurashtrians towards the game of cricket in India. The team from Saurashtra have successfully created a niche for themselves. During the days of Ramji and Amar Singh, who were from backward society, but made extraordinary contribution to the game. Greats from princely state like Duleep Singh and Ranjit Singh and therafter Vinoo Mankad earned internal fame and name for themselves. These are legendary names that have successfully created a name for themselves in national and international circuit. Even after so many years since the glorious past, Saurashtrians still continue to contribute significantly to the prestige and popularity of Indian cricket. It captivates the fervour and interest of the people of every age.
The Saurashtra Cricket Association has, over the years, taken serious care of spirit, interest and passion of its players. And it has and is still working towards supporting cricket in the local regions and promoting the game to the areas where it has not reached yet. SCA is completely committed to promote cricket and the budding cricketers in the best possible manner and to strengthen infra-structural facilities of all affiliated associations.
SCA, elected its first Hony. Secretary in the form of Niranjan Shah in 1972-73 and thereafter has been re-elected continuously unchallenged for said office. He has been the pivotal force behind the transformation of cricket facilities in the recent years. With serious efforts and enterprise Niranjan Shah, along with his team of governing officials have efficiently and successfully hosted and managed prestigious One Day International matches at Rajkot. Apart from this, SCA has been managing many popular domestic tournaments and league matches.
Saurashtra Cricket Association: History
The game of cricket has been played in the region since the British rule in India. The game was first introduced by military and civil officers connected with the British Agency. This province was named Kathiawar, however, the official name in the record book shows the name as Saurashtra or its abbreviated name Sorath. The game of cricket was first played in schools and colleges in the region. These schools and colleges had their own cricket teams in their curriculum. This helped to grow interest among the people.
People like Ranjitsinhji and Duleepsinhji, who were students of Rajkumar College, Rajkot, became Cricket Legends when they went on to play cricket for Cambridge University, Sussex and England.
The BCCI was formed in December 1929 and Saurashtra Cricket Association was set up in the year 1950 - 51, and ever since the Association is functioning as Cricket Authority in the region of Gujarat
. Saurashtra Cricket Association has played 250 matches from 1934-35 to 2004-2005.
Up to 1956-57, Ranji Trophy was played on knock out basis and from 1957-58 it was played on a league basis and Saurashtra Team formed one of the teams form West Zone.