Anil Kumble kickstarts KSCA platinum jubilee celebrations
To celebrate 75 years of governance of the Karnataka State Cricket Association, KSCA President Anil Kumble made a slew of announcements at the KSCA Awards Night in Bangalore on Sunday with prominent members of the KSCA and the Royal Challengers Bangalore team in attendance.
A new KSCA logo was unveiled to be used throughout the jubilee year. Kumble proudly listed the progress made by the association over the last 18 months – grounds developed at various locations in Bangalore and in the state such as Mysore, Shimoga, Raichur, Hubli, Mangalore, Hebbal and Chikmagalur. He promised that while they appreciate the magnitude of Karnataka’s constant achievement over the past many years, they remain focused on “challenges that lie ahead”.
The redevelopment of some of the grounds will commence this season placing cricketers under temporary inconvenience but the results will provide them access to world class facilities.
He appreciated the efforts of various administrators “who have made this association what it is today” and announced the unveiling of a bust of M Chinnaswamy to mark the platinum jubilee at the stadium named after him. The stadium has seen state of art dressing rooms, media and and commentary boxes come up prior to the 2011 World Cup. Pending upgrades include permanent seating in all stands, a facelift to the North Stand and extensive redevelopment of the club house.
Kumble noted that in 75 years, Karnataka had produced 21 Test cricketers, 18 cricketers who represented India in limited overs internationals and 3 captains. The aim he said was to keep this proud legacy continuing.
From April 9th to May 18th, the KSCA will host close to 31 free camps for more than 1500 children across Karnataka. With more than 50% of these being turf facilities, the association is taking international standards to the grassroots level.
A raise in cash awards and allowances for cricketers was also announced besides hikes in remuneration for umpires and education programs for umpires, scorers and curators. The association has 127 qualified umpires in Bangalore and 300 across the state. After scorer exams conducted at zonal centers, the state has 155 qualified scorers.
A KSCA loyalty card was announced with players, umpires, scorers and administrative personnel across leagues encouraged to sign up for the initiative. The association aims to bridge gaps in communication and offer them many advantages through the loyalty card.
The KSCA president also announced the building of a Royal Challengers KSCA Cricket Academy, a state of the art training facility for players that will be open throughout the year and with a head office in Bangalore. He thanked the UB Group for their support in setting up the revolutionary facility and various government and media agencies for their continued help.
The platinum jubilee celebrations will continue through the year across the state to make them more inclusive. Kumble intends them to also serve as platforms for interactions between Karnataka legends and upcoming players from all parts of the state, further addressing the communication challenge that KSCA faces.
The video of Anil Kumble's complete speech at the KSCA Awards Night can be viewed here: