Cricket Club of India

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Cricket Club of India
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Sport Cricket
Abbreviation CCI
Founded 1933 by Maharaja of Patiala
Affiliation Board of Control for Cricket in India
Headquarters Brabourne Stadium
Location Mumbai
Other key staff 17
Official website
cciclub.in
India

Cricket Club of India (CCI) is located on Dinsha Wacha Road, near Churchgate in Mumbai, India. It was conceived as India's counterpart to the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).[1][2] It is considered as one of the most prestigious clubs in the nation.

Membership is the same as for the Royal Willingdon Sports Club, Bombay Gymkhana and Breach Candy Club: closed, and only current members' children can attain it.

History[edit]

Brabourne Stadium houses the CCI in Mumbai

On 8 November 1933, the Cricket Club of India was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee with its registered office in New Delhi. The principal object of the company was to promote sports in general and cricket in particular throughout the country.

The promoters and some leading men who founded BCCI five years before were the promoters of the Club. Originally, life members, who were later termed as founder members, paid Rs 100 and ordinary members paid Rs 10 for entrance and an annual subscription of Rs 15.

The Cricket Club of India was also the birthplace of the famous Chinese-style dish Chicken Manchurian. Restaurateur Nelson Wang claims to have invented it at the request of a customer in 1975 while working as a cook at the CCI.[3]

First-class cricket[edit]

Teams representing the Cricket Club of India played 13 first-class matches between 1935 and 1958, most of them against touring teams. Nine of the matches were played at Brabourne Stadium.[4]

Facilities[edit]

Main lobby of the club with a replica of the Ranji Trophy in the centre

The CCI also houses in the Brabourne Stadium, which the club owns.[2] The CCI is an affiliated member of the BCCI like any other state association, but unlike any one of them, does not conduct cricket in the state. Mumbai Cricket Association and Maharashtra Cricket Association which conduct cricket in Mumbai and rest of Maharashtra respectively. The stadium has one of the best cricket pitches and grounds in the region. It also has tennis courts,[5] a swimming pool,[6] fitness centers, a billiards room, squash courts, badminton courts, table tennis tables, cafes, bars, a library, a reading room and a banquet hall.[7] It is very difficult to get membership into this exclusive club.[8]

The stadium also served as the headquarters of the BCCI, the governing body of Indian cricket.[9]

Kingfisher Open[edit]

The Men's Doubles finals in 2007

In 2006 and 2007, the CCI tennis courts were the stage for the Kingfisher Airlines Tennis Open, an ATP Tour tournament, previously held in Shanghai from 1995 to 2004 and in Vietnam in 2005.[5][10] Kingfisher Airlines were the official sponsors. The tournament was presented by the Government of Maharashtra, India. The tournament was played from 25 September 2006 to 2 October 2006.

ICC Champions trophy[edit]

The Cricket Club of India Limited staged 5 matches of the ICC Champions Trophy in 2006 including the final between Australia and West Indies played on 5 November 2006. [11]

2013 ICC Women's world cup[edit]

Brabourne Stadium hosted the 2013 ICC Women's World Cup along with the MIG Cricket club, Bandra, the DREIMS ground and the Barabati Stadium both situated in Cuttack. Brabourne hosted the final of the event in which Australia beat the West Indies comprehensively.

Membership scam[edit]

In 2013 an internal inquiry set up by the club concluded that at least 11 members had got into the 80-year-old institution in the last three years through forgery committed in collusion with a club insider. Several CCI members revealed that the fraud was committed by replacing personal details of certain deceased members with those of these new entrants. "Files of certain members who had died some time back and whose files were lying dormant were tampered with by someone on the inside who had access," said a source close to the investigation, who did not wish to be identified. "Names and other details of aspiring members were then put in the old files to make it look as if the old member (deceased) never existed in the club records."[12]

The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Mumbai police arrested two businessmen, Ketan Thacker and Nimai Agrawal, in connection with the fake memberships scam.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bose, Mihir (2006). The magic of Indian cricket. Routledge. p. 102. ISBN 0-415-35691-1.
  2. ^ a b "Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai". Hindustan Times. Retrieved 2018-07-02.
  3. ^ Bhagat, Rasheeda (2007-05-04). "Taste and disdain: A tour of the country's interesting eating habits with a roving journalist". The Hindu. Retrieved 2010-04-21.
  4. ^ "First-Class Matches played by Cricket Club of India". CricketArchive. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  5. ^ a b "From French toast to French tennis". The Hindu. 24 September 2007. Retrieved 4 March 2011.
  6. ^ Catharine Wells (2001). East with ENSA: entertaining the troops in the second world war. https://books.google.com/books?id=Ku15LKk2_DAC&pg=: The Radcliffe Press. p. 93. ISBN 1-86064-718-9.
  7. ^ "Nicolas Kiefer's reverse number". The Hindu. 23 September 2007. Retrieved 4 March 2011.
  8. ^ "New clubs on the block". Daily News and Analysis. Archived from the original on 5 December 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-17.
  9. ^ "A day of speculations, wild goose chase for media". earthtimes.org. Retrieved 2007-04-05.
  10. ^ "ATP moves event from Mumbai to Bangalore". United Press International. 20 May 2008. Retrieved 4 March 2011.
  11. ^ "BCCI's plan to boost other sports: Four venues confirmed". The Hindu. 2006-04-10. Retrieved 2009-06-17.
  12. ^ "11 dead men return as new members at CCI - Mumbai Mirror -". Mumbai Mirror. Retrieved 2016-05-08.
  13. ^ "Club crass: two held in CCI membership fraud; 10 more to go - Mumbai Mirror -". Mumbai Mirror. Retrieved 2016-05-08.

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