MCA looks to arrest dwindling popularity to sustain Kanga League

Kanga League was inaugurated in 1948 in the name of prominent cricketer Dr. HD Kanga AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Mumbai: Jun 9, 2012

Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) on Friday admitted that, the survival of the historic Kanga League will depend on the popularity it generates in 2012.

“It is very old tournament, so we cannot be in a hurry. Its existence would depend on how it fares in 2012. Next year we will see but this year it is on,” said MCA treasurer Ravi Sawant.

The club secretaries and captains were summoned for a meeting by MCA to discuss about the League at Wankhede Stadium. The administration hinted at the tournament commencing before August 5, the scheduled date.

“Players may not be free during bank holidays, on which we have to play because of there being 16 teams unlike 14 teams three years ago. So we may start a Sunday or two earlier,” Vinod Deshpande, Kanga League subcommittee secretary was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.

Another of the Kanga League s committee s proposal was that in case of abandonment, both teams will be awarded a point each unlike in the previous years where the teams would not earn any points. A few more changes in the points system are also expected.

Kanga League was inaugurated in 1948 in the name of prominent cricketer Dr. HD Kanga. This league has been organised every year under the supervision of MCA since then and remains one of the most anticipated tournaments in Mumbai.

Batsmen of the calibre of Vijay Merchant, Polly Umrigar, Vijay Manjrekar, Dilip Sardesai, Ajit Wadekar, Sunil Gavaskar, Dilip Vengsarkar, Sandeep Patil, Sanjay Manjrekar, Sachin Tendulkar, Vinod Kambli and many others earned their spurs playing in the city s monsoon league.