Hyderabad Cricket Association

Hyderabad Cricket Association bloomed into an effectual regulating body under the supervision of several renowned personalities who fostered the game of cricket capably within its province by generating ample opportunities for cricketers and their hopes of playing in national & international teams. HCA is associated with the Board of Control for Cricket in India and promotes the game of cricket by organizing various National Tournaments and League Tournaments for the age group Under-13, Under-15, Under-17, and Under-19, Under-22 and Under-25 categories.

History of Hyderabad Cricket Association

The history of cricket in Hyderabad can be traced back to 1880. Although cricket was introduced by the British Army, it was Mr.N.Ganesan, the Joint Secretary of Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) who came up with the idea of forming a cricket association in Hyderabad with the support of former cricketers and organizers - S.M.Hadi, S.R.Mehta and Nooh Abbasi.

The backing and efforts of Nawab Moin-ud-Dowla Bahadur took cricket in Hyderabad to the next level. In 1930/31 the first class cricket made its mark in the city eventually raising the general standard of the game drastically. Promising young cricketers came into limelight, who besides having passion for the game were also well-trained to face their international counterparts.

When Ranji Trophy National First Class Cricket Championships were started in India in 1934, the requirement for a local managing body surfaced. This triggered the formation of Hyderabad Cricket Association in April 1934 by Nadir Shah Chenoy, Ganesh Rao, Hussain Ali Khan, S.Ali Raza, DN Dittia, Mahmood Hussain Khan, P F Durrand, Dattatriya and Rangannah. Nawab Turab Yar Jung was appointed as its first President and S.M.Hadi as HCA Secretary.

Hence, since 1934 till date Hyderabad Cricket Association has been the curators of the gentleman's game and the wardens of revered set of laws in Hyderabad and Telangana districts.

Achievements of Hyderabad Cricket Association

Despite of not having a special international standard cricket venue, Hyderabad Cricket Association is making an effort with the support of BCCI to expose the people of Hyderabad to world-class cricket.

HCA successfully organized 3 international test matches besides 13 One Day Internationals, few World Cup Matches and 24 FC matches against visiting International Teams, in the city.

Hyderabad cricket Team since its initiation has participated in each and every Ranji Trophy Tournament and has maintained an incredible performance by winning the tournament twice in 1937-38 and 1986-87. Hyderabad team has also reached Ranji Trophy finals twice and semifinals 16 times.

Recently, the captain of Indian cricket team M.S. Dhoni has praised the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium (RGICS) Pitch stating that it was among the best tracks that he played on in India. Moreover, Ricky Pointing was all praise for the ambiance and the crowd at RGICS.

This describes the Level of authority at HCA and the standards ingested into the Sport of cricket.

Last Updated on : 19/08/2013