Tamil Nadu Cricket Association

The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) is the governing body of cricket activities in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It is affiliated to the Board of Control for Cricket in India and governs the Tamil Nadu cricket team. Rupa Gurunath is the president of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association and the daughter of N Srinivasan.[1] The TNCA is one of the permanent test centres of the BCCI.[2]

Tamil Nadu Cricket Association
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SportCricket
JurisdictionTamil Nadu
AbbreviationTNCA
Founded1932 (1932)
AffiliationBoard of Control for Cricket in India
HeadquartersM.A. Chidambaram Stadium
LocationChennai, Tamil Nadu, India
PresidentRupa Gurunath
SecretaryR S Ramasaamy
Official website
www.tnca.cricket
India

HistoryEdit

The board was formed when organized league cricket in the state began in Madras in 1932. It was formed after two rival bodies: Indian Cricket Federation and Madras Cricket Club merged becoming Madras Cricket Association (M.C.A.).[3]

The Madras Cricket Association (M.C.A.) was formally constituted on April 30, 1935. The Association was shortly thereafter affiliated to the Board of Control for Cricket in India. The Cricket Association was to control representative cricket in the province.[3]

By 1933-34, the association had first and second division leagues, with a third division added on the next season. By 1939-40, it had added a fourth division.[3]

In 1967-68 season, the M.C.A. was renamed as Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA). As of 2008, it had five divisions with a total of 132 teams.[3]

Division leaguesEdit

The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association conducts various league tournaments, tournaments for the age groups of U19, U22, and U25 categories besides organizing and conducting National Tournaments. It also conducts league championship for city affiliated clubs.[3]

There 726 league matches played every year from first division to fifth division. A zone consisting of 12 teams each plays in the first and second divisions, whereas third, fourth, and fifth division consists of two, three, and four zones respectively. The city league format in the first division where league matches are played on a three-day duration follows the Ranji Trophy guidelines.[3]

Home groundEdit

M A Chidambaram Stadium or Chepauk Stadium located in Chennai is the home ground. The stadium was established in 1916 and it is the oldest continuously used cricket stadium in the country. It is named after M A Chidambaram, former President of BCCI, the stadium was formerly known as Madras Cricket Club Ground.[4][5]

It is the home ground of the Tamil Nadu cricket team and the Indian Premier League team Chennai Super Kings. The stadium is located at Chepauk, a few hundred meters from Marina beach along the Bay of Bengal.[4]

Premier leagueEdit

TNCA inaugurated its regional Twenty20 league Tamil Nadu Premier League in August, 2016.[6] The inaugural edition featured eight teams, playing a total of 31 matches (28 league matches, two semi-finals and the final). Chennai, Dindigul (Natham) and Tirunelveli were the venues. Two new venues in Coimbatore and Salem were added in 2020.[7] Albert Tuti Patriots won the inaugural edition beating Chepauk Super Gillies by 122 runs.[8]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Former BCCI chief Srinivasan's daughter Rupa Gurunath elected TNCA President - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 23 February 2020.
  2. ^ "Srinivasan unanimously re-elected TNCA president". Rediff. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "TNCA - Tamil Nadu Cricket Association". www.tnca.cricket. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  4. ^ a b "MA Chidambaram Stadium | India | Cricket Grounds | ESPNcricinfo.com". Cricinfo. Retrieved 23 February 2020.
  5. ^ "TNCA - Tamil Nadu Cricket Association". www.tnca.cricket. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  6. ^ "TNPL - Tamil Nadu Premier League". www.tnca.cricket. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Coimbatore, Salem on TNPL map this season". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Cricket scorecard - TUTI Patriots vs Chepauk Super Gillies, Final, Tamil Nadu Premier League, 2016". Cricbuzz. Retrieved 10 March 2020.

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