The Mumbai Cricket Association, a body that has
given the nation and world some outstanding
cricketers, is celebrating its Platinum Jubilee
this year. There was a time when more than half the
Indian team would comprise players from the island
city. However, the representation of Mumbai in the
national side has reduced in the recent past.
Sachin Tendulkar and the not-so-regular Ajit
Agarkar are the only two mUmbai players in the
The reduction of Mumbai's representation in the
national team prompted the Managing Committee of
the MCA to brainstorm. The outcome was a decision
to provide better facilities to budding cricketers.
It was also felt that since several cricketers
lived in the suburbs and spent more time travelling
than playing, they had to be helped out.
Accordingly, the MCA decided to take the game
closer to the suburbs and began work on two
grounds; one in the Bandra-Kurla complex and the
other in Mahavir Nagar, Kandivli.
At Kandivli, two matches can be played
simultaneously with plenty of practice pitches. The
travel-time of players residing in the western
suburbs from Andheri to Virar will reduce
drastically if they play there.
The MCA has gone a long way in developing a cricket
centre in the Bandra-Kurla Complex, Mumbai's
booming Business District. A state-of-the-art
Indoor Cricket Academy, the need of the hour, is
coming up here. This academy will play host to the
application of technology to produce and train
The academy will feature air-conditioned indoor
cricket facilities, which include seven nets, all
of them equipped with floodlights and fitted with
video cameras, a gymnasium and a viewers' gallery.
The entire project will be completed in 24 months,
making this academy the only one of its kind in
Living for today brings its own rewards, but
nurturing the talent of future generations brings
unceasing rewards of a quality and in a quantity
that can startle the imagination.
With the completion of this project in early 2007,
the MCA will have taken a quantum leap towards its
Centenary and way beyond. The academy will
definitely help Mumbai to produce top-class
cricketers of the calibre of stalwarts like
Gavaskar, Vengsarkar, Tendulkar and Shastri.