Bangalore, Aug. 7: It is time to celebrate and remember Karnataka’s contribution to cricket as the KSCA celebrates its Platinum Jubilee. A number of legends for the state and country will be present during the finale, with Sir Richard Hadlee as gracing the occasion, to be held on Aug. 17.
It is memorable as Hadlee had broken the then world record of most Test wickets at the M. Chinnaswamy stadium, which was then held by Ian Botham.
Among the Indian legends Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Bishan Singh Bedi, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly, as well as Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid will also be present.
“Among the events lined up are a Flea Market and Cricket Cuisine experience on August 10 and 11,” Srinath said. “Rahul Dravid will be around to discuss his favourite food, while there will also be a Doodly Stall, involving fun and games. The proceeds from the Doodly Stall will go to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.”
Doodly, the mascot for the celebrations, was unveiled by Tallam Venkatesh, the treasurer of the Association.
“As I stand here and look back at how we have reached this stage, I am filled with great pride and gratitude. Today, we are in a position where sometimes, we can afford to take things for granted – things like infrastructure, like a support group. Things like turf pitches, lush-green outfields, easy and ready access to technology, counselling if one so desires. But it is important to remember that we are where we are because of the vision, the sacrifices, the initiatives and the drive of a committed group of individuals who had very little to work with,” said Anil Kumble, president of KSCA.
“From where we started to where we stand now is a stirring journey, a reflection not merely of the changing times but of the determination of men like M Chinnaswamy, Dr Thimmappaiah and others who made sure that the talent that we always had in abundance was harnessed into a cohesive unit capable of doing battle with the best in the country. As we celebrate the Platinum Jubliee of the Karnataka State Cricket Association, we would like to remember our predecessors with fondness and with an overwhelming sense of appreciation of their dreams which allowed people like us to realise our dreams. If the KSCA is recognised as one of the more well-run units in the country, it is because our illustrious predecessors left behind a rich legacy. It’s our responsibility to ensure that we carry that legacy forward.”