Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association
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|Affiliation||Board of Control for Cricket in India|
|Headquarters||Holkar Cricket Stadium|
The Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA), headquartered at Indore, India, is the governing body of cricket activities in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh and the Madhya Pradesh cricket team. The board was formed in 1940 as the Holkar Cricket Association.
It is affiliated with the Board of Control for Cricket in India. This association was earlier known as Holkar Cricket Association.
Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) is one of the Cricket Governing provincial units affiliated to The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association is operated from Indore.
MPCA is one of the oldest affiliates of the BCCI – since 1940’s.
MPCA is a regular participant in all domestic tournaments conducted by the BCCI. MPCA is the only provincial unit in India that can boast of having two International venues under our control. Both the venues offer contemporary facilities for the International cricket events.
Till date, MPCA has hosted 22 One Day International games and 2 IPL matches. Till 2001, Nehru Stadium was the venue for hosting ODI at Indore had 9 matches. The first ever Ranji Trophy Final under floodlights was played at Capt. Roop Singh Stadium in April 1997. The India versus West Indies ODI in December 2011 saw Virender Sehwag shattering the opponents while he reached the majestic figure of 219 runs.
MPCA also operates a residential academy which provides regular cricket coaching, systematic fitness management, specific nutrition, regular health check up and purposeful recreation along with the education to the potentially talented young cricketers. Amay Khurasiya, a Level C Coach, is the chief coach of the Academy.
MPCA is goldenly associated with two of the milestones in the cricketing career of Sachin Tendulkar. He scored his ten thousandth run during the ODI played at Indore against Australia in 2001 and became the first male cricketer to score a double century in ODI against South Africa at Gwalior in 2010. Add to this, the recent score of 219 runs by Virender Sehwag.
Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association is a body controlling and governing the game of cricket in the State of Madhya Pradesh. MPCA is an affiliated unit of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
A look at the transition of MPCA will take us back to the year 1932 when the Central India Cricket Association came into existence. Later on, the Holkar Cricket Association from 1940-41 to 1954-55, Madhya Bharat (1955 – 57) and subsequently the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association since 1957 till date.
Late HH MaharajaYeshwantrao Holkar II of Indore State was a great cricket aficionado and was keen to extend royal benevolence to cricket and upcoming cricketers. To boost up the local cricket set-up, he invited prominent players like Col. C K Nayudu, Bhausaheb Nimbalkar, Chandu Sarawate, C S Nayudu, Khandu Rangnekar, Hiralal Gaekwad and Kamala Bhandarkar to play cricket for his team – The Holkars. Capt. S Mushtaq Ali, Major M M Jagdale, J N Bhaya were the local talent in his team. He also offered them job opportunity in his army. He was, perhaps, the only royal head who continued to extend necessary support to cricket and the cricketers but never played the game himself.
Col. C K Nayudu was the captain of the Indian side for the first ever test played in the year 1932 against England. The batting elegance of Syed Mushtaq Ali can be gauged from the fact that he was the first Indian to score a Test century on the foreign soil against England at Manchester in 1936).
These great cricketers played a pivotal role in development of the game in this part of the country. With enthusiastic support from the local players like Syed Mushtaq Ali, Madhavsinh Jagdale, J N Bhaya, Rameshwar Pratap Singh and other, the Holkar team appeared to be invincible.
During the period of fifteen years from 1940-41 to 1954-55, the Holkar team won the coveted Ranji Trophy on four occasions – 1945/46, 1947/48, 1950/51 and 1952/53. Moreover, they were the runner up on six occasions 1944/45, 1946/47, 1949/50, 1951/52, 1953/54 and 1954/55. This breathtaking record just suggests the strength of the Holkar team.
Subsequently, the end of Holkar era created a vacuum in the Madhya Pradesh Cricket for a few years. Though good cricketers were emerging on a regular basis, the team could not perform consistently. Players like Bhagwandas Suthar, Subodh Saxena, Sanjay Jagdale, Narendra Menon, Ashok Jagdale, Vijay Nayudu, Syed Gulrez Ali, Manohar Sharma, Ashwini Chaturvedi gave a glimpse of their talent and were amongst the leading domestic players knocking for a berth in the Indian side.
With the support from BCCI and the influx of young players, the MP team started performing as a cohesive unit and qualified regularly for the knock-out phase of the Ranji Tournament during the period from 1971 to 1980. However, the team could not replicate the winning performance of the Holkar team.
Efforts on part of MPCA helped in laying of the development pathway for the next generation of cricketers. Regular tournaments, upgradation of infrastructure, talent identification processes, appointment of seasoned coaches, services from professional players and such other measures were adopted in tandem to reach the desired goals.
Players like Narendra Hirwani, Rajesh Chauhan, J P Yadav, Amay Khurasiya, Naman Ojha to name a few, gained the benefits of these efforts on part of MPCA and marked a place in the Indian cricket with their performances.
Late HH Maharaja Madhavrao Scindia of Gwalior, President – BCCI, A W Kanmadikar, Secretary – BCCI, Late Madhavsinh Jagdale, Sanjay Jagdale, Narendra Hirwani (All National Selectors), Narendra Menon, Sudhir Asnani (International Umpires) have emerged from this system. Sanjay Jagdale was secretary of the BCCI from MPCA.
Divisional Association Members
- Gwalior Division Cricket Association
- Ujjain Divisional Cricket Association
- Indore Division Cricket Association
- Bhopal Division Cricket Association
- Sagar Division Cricket Association
- Rewa Division Cricket Association
- Jabalpur Division Cricket Association
- Narmandapuran Division Cricket Association
- Chambal Divisional Cricket Association
- Shahdol Divisional Cricket Association
- Nehru Stadium, Indore - hosted 9 ODIs
- Captain Roop Singh Stadium, Gwalior - Hosted 12 ODIs. This is the ground where first double century was scored by Sachin Tendulkar
- Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore - hosted 3 ODIs. Virendra Sehwag scored double-centuries in ODIs. Hosted IPL matches
- Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association Ground, Sagar
- MPCA Cricket Ground, Neemkhera, Jabalpur
- Gwalior Cricket Stadium - Proposed
In 2008, the MPCA established Sanjay Jagdale MPCA Academy in at Holkar Stadium in India with sub-academies in Gwalior, Sagar, Bhopal, Hoshangabad, Rewa and Jabalpur. The academy was named after Sanjay Jagdale.
The academy provides regular cricket coaching, systematic fitness management, specific nutrition, regular health check up and purposeful recreation along with the education to the potentially talented young cricketers.