Moin-ud-Dowlah Gold Cup Tournament also held in Secunderabad and Hyderabad from 1962-1963 to 1973-1974. At that time, Secunderabad and Hyderabad was under the governance of Andhra Pradesh. This regional cricket tournament has a first-class status.
In the year 1930, the Nawab of Moin-ud-Dowlah donated a trophy to be played for each year by a team representing Hyderabad Cricket Team and various invitational teams from colonial India. Many of the best Indian players played in the tournaments, and in the 1930s several overseas players from England and Australia also played.
In the final match of Moin-ud-Dowlah Gold Cup Tournament in 1930-1931, Jack Hobbs and Herbert Sutcliffe played for the Maharaja Kumar of Vizianagram's XI in their victory over the Nawab of Moin-ud-Dowlah's XI, although the key player in the victory was C. K. Nayudu (Cottari Kanakaiya Nayudu), who made a century and took seven wickets. . K. Nayudu (Cottari Kanakaiya Nayudu) was the first captain of the Indian National Cricket Team in Test matches in colonial era.
In the year 1931-1932, the final Free-looters overwhelmed Aligarh Muslim University Past and Present by 432 runs; for the victors Vijay Merchant and Sorabji Colah each scored a century and Amar Singh took nine wickets.
In 1932-1933, the Freelooters again won the final easily, beating Karachi Cricket Team (which was in India at that time) by an innings and 166 runs, with another century to Colah, one to Dilawar Hussain, and seven more wickets to Amar Singh.
The next tournament in Moin-ud-Dowlah Gold Cup was in 1934-1935, and despite being reinforced by the presence of Learie Constantine, Freelooters lost this time to Retrievers, by three wickets, in a match watched by 15,000 spectators. The last tournament in the 1930s was in 1937-1938, when the Cricket Team of Hyderabad State beat Hyderabad Cricket Association XI by 159 runs.
But with the advent of the Ranji Trophy in 1934-1935, Moin-ud-Dowlah Gold Cup Tournament lost its importance. For the first time it brought together teams from all over India in first-class competition and took away some of the interest in the Moin-ud-Dowlah Gold Cup Tournament. Moin-ud-Dowlah Gold Cup Tournament lost its first-class status after 1938 and became a minor local competition of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
With the aim of strengthening domestic first-class cricket, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) instituted the Irani Trophy in 1959-1960, the Duleep Trophy in 1961-1962, and revived the Moin-ud-Dowlah Gold Cup in 1962-1963.
Moin-ud-Dowlah Gold Cup Tournament is held in October at Lal Bahadur Shastri Stadium in Hyderabad, for 12 years. It served as a first-class season-opener for most of the leading Indian players. Many of the participating teams were sponsored by the various indigenous companies of South India and the nationalised banks of India. The Indian Starlets team of young players also competed, and Hyderabad Cricket Association XI resumed the spot it had held in the competition in the 1930s.
(Last Updated on : 04-12-2014)
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