MUMBAI CRICKET ASSOCIATION LAUNCHES THE FIRST-EVER T20 MUMBAI LEAGUE
The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) will be launching its first ever T20 Mumbai League in Mumbai on the 7th of December, 2017. The fast and explosive format is set to get the cricket crazy fans on their feet. The Mumbai T20 league is a new cricket platform being instituted by the MCA (rights) for which they have appointed the consortium of IIFL Investment Managers and its associated companies through a special purpose entity (IIFL Group), the Lead Member of the Consortium and Wizcraft Group to plan, execute the league in its entirety. The consortium will be represented under the name and banner of Probability Sports LLP.
“The Home of Cricket-Mumbai” will now have its own league of twenty20 matches which provides a platform for its own local talent. Mumbai being the central hub for business and entertainment and cricket being the most popular sport in the country, the league will create a grand spectacle for cricket lovers and will capture the passion and essence of Mumbai.
The Vision of the League is to identify local talent from within the city of Mumbai and give them an opportunity to pursue their dreams while representing their respective zones. This will give a platform to Mumbai players to showcase their skills and talent and put themselves in the shop window for bigger opportunities in the IPL as well as the Indian team. The league aims to become a feeder to the IPL teams which should be a major motivation for the cricketers to stand out in this league.
Adv. Ashish Shelar – President, MCA was thrilled to be launching the league and said “Mumbai has considerable talent and there are a lot of local boys who are fantastic but do not get the opportunity on a bigger stage. This league will give them a chance to showcase their talent and give them an opportunity to move ahead in Life”
Speaking at the launch, Mr. Karan Bhagat, Founder, CEO – IIFL Wealth Management Limited said “India lives cricket and we are very excited to be part of this tremendous opportunity to create another platform for players of Mumbai to showcase their talent and shine bright”.
“This league will give us an opportunity to unearth new faces, new energies and new leaders from across the city. Importantly, the T20Mumbai would provide the perfect platform for Cricket and entertainment to merge together on home ground. Wizcraft International has always endeavoured to create and support ideas that are unique and larger than life and T20Mumbai is no different. We look forward to making this a grand spectacle”, said Sabbas Joseph, Founder-Director, Wizcraft International.
Kadar Makani, CEO, Probability Sports was enthused with the opportunity that T20Mumbai has thrown up. “We are excited to be able to drive the implementation and value creation of the league and are confident that over the years this will become an essential date for the cricketing calendar”.
The MumbaiT20 league will divide the city into 6 zones which are Mumbai North West, Mumbai North East, Mumbai North, Mumbai North Central, Mumbai South and Mumbai South Central respectively. MCA will provide a list of the best Mumbai origin local club talent with several IPL players in the mix. They will be placed in a central player pool to then join the teams and give Mumbai the greatest experience of its most popular sport.
The league will consist of 6 teams playing on a round robin basis (all play all). The top 2 teams in the league with the most points accumulated will play a final match to decide the 1st year winner. The Opening Ceremony will take place on the 2nd of January and the matches will begin from the 4th of January. There will be 3 matches played in a day at the famous Wankhede Stadium followed by the finals on the 9th of January.
Mumbai Cricket Association formerly known as Bombay Cricket Association was established in 1930 and is the governing body for cricket in Mumbai, Greater Mumbai and Thane districts. MCA is a permanent member of the Board of Control for Cricket in India and houses the Headquarters of the BCCI in Cricket Centre within the Wankhede Stadium premises.
Mumbai Cricket Association has a rich cricket heritage in Mumbai, the matches were extremely popular with all the star cricketers of the country participating in them. Mumbai was considered as the nursery of Indian Cricket and there was a time when the Indian playing eleven consisted of six to seven Mumbai cricketers. Mumbai has given the country 68 Test cricketers.
Mumbai Cricket Association has dominated the Ranji Trophy Championship, the National Championship conducted by the BCCI since 1934. MCA has won the Ranji Trophy 41 times and was runner-up on five occasions. MCA won the Ranji Trophy 15 years in a row which in itself is a world record.
The Association has taken upon the task of building new infrastructures in the far off suburbs. MCA has developed the MCA Recreation Centre at the Bandra Kurla Complex which houses one of the best Indoor Cricket School in the world. This complex also includes a full-fledged cricket ground where Ranji Trophy matches are played. MCA has also developed Recreation Centre at western suburb of Mumbai, Kandivali. The Recreation Centre is named as “Sachin Tendulkar Gymkhana”.
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