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MCA Dormant, But Not Forgotten

As will be very obvious once you start to scroll through this web site, Michigan Cricket Academy has not been active for some time.  Its fate is very typical of small, volunteer-run organizations — MCA depended on the tireless enthusiasm of just a few people (most notably, its joint head coaches Vasanth Krishnaswami and Shyam Mayasandra) to keep it going and it only ever had a relatively small membership.  In the end, as so often in such cases, the model was unsustainable.

Yet, at least in my opinion, it achieved great things (scroll through these pages and you will see…) and it has left a legacy.  In the last two weekends — the first two of the 2017 cricket season in Michigan — lots of teams competed in the Michigan Cricket Association‘s season-opening tournament.  If you look at the score cards, you will get a sense of adult cricket in the state of Michigan.   And if you look very carefully, you will see that some MCA graduates have played in the opening rounds of the 2017 Great Lakes Tournament.  What you won’t be able to tell from the score cards, however, but what you might guess, if you know anything about American cricket, is that the forty-something clubs playing in Mich-CA this season are almost entirely populated by expatriates — men who grew up playing the game in major cricketing countries.  And then there are the MCA boys — some born in the USA, some born elsewhere, but all of them playing in Mich-CA today because when they were young (even very small boys), they had a chance to learn the game with MCA.

I feel that it is not arrogant to say that MCA provided a model of how the game could be grown in this country and I believe that we showed how boys (and girls would have been very welcome, too, let me emphasize) who were born or grew up here could become serious and competent cricketers, and could learn to love a game so alien to most Americans today.  Personally, I am very proud of what we achieved.  And that is why I have not taken down this web site, even though there has been no MCA activity for some four years.

If you are looking for a place in Michigan to play the game or even to learn the game now, you should definitely turn to the Michigan Cricket Association which, with the benefit of critical mass (always a key) has gone from strength to strength in the last few years.  But before you leave this site, I warmly recommend that you spend some time looking at what we did — indeed, at what we achieved.

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MCA Players in Club Cricket This Season

MCA itself may have had a quiet season, but several MCA graduates have been very active in Michigan club cricket this year (the following statistics are taken from Mich-CA records on the web site Results Vault; these records are generally incomplete, but have been supplemented with further data whenever available).

Anurag Yerabati (now aged twenty-one (?)) played for Michigan Premier C.C. and Warriors C.C. in Mich-CA’s forty- and twenty-over competitions, respectively. His T-20 team (formerly Wayne State University C.C.) won the T-20 Trophy, with Anurag taking 10 wickets for 113 in regular-season matches, achieving best figures of 3/11 against H.F.H.S.C.C. He also took five wickets for M.P.C.C. in regular-season forty-over matches; M.P.C.C. were runners-up in the Mich-CA forty-over Contenders’ Trophy.

Chamila Kannangara (now aged twenty-one (?)) played for M.P.C.C. in the Great Lakes Trophy, the T-20 Shield (one match), and the forty-overs league, making a total of nine appearances. He took five wickets for M.P.C.C., with his best figures of 3/27 coming against his old club, Motown C.C.

Aniruddha Mayasandra (now aged eighteen) played for M.P.C.C. in the forty-overs league and in the Great Lakes Trophy. He finished the regular season ranked by Results Vault as the sixth-best all-rounder the league.  In all competitions for M.P.C.C. this year he scored 124 runs at an average of 20 (with a top score of 62, against his old club, Motown C.C.), and took 12 wickets at an average of 8.5, with his best figures of 4/15 coming against Royal Knights. Taking advantage of the Mich-CA rule that allows U-21 players to represent more than one club in the same competition, Ani also made two appearances for Macomb C.C. He was the captain of the Mich-CA U-19 team that finished second in July’s Junior Olympics tournament and played for Vehma Engineering in the Corporate Cup. Ani was considered for the team that represented Mich-CA in the Unity Cup in Chicago over Labor Day weekend, but was unavailable to play.

Gordon Makin (now aged seventeen) played for Motown C.C., for whom he has played since he was twelve, in the forty-overs competitions, opening the batting and keeping wicket. Motown won the forty-overs Contenders’ Trophy. Gordon also played for Punjab C.C. Kings in the T-20 Trophy and for M.P.C.C. in the T-20 Shield, and made one appearance for Macomb C.C. in the T-20 Trophy. He was the leading run-scorer for Motown in all tournaments this year, recording a total of 275 runs, with top scores of 79 n.o. (vs Lions) and 79 (vs Royal Knights C.C.), at an average of 25. Results Vault lists him third in dismissals among league wicket keepers in both the forty-overs league and in the T-20 Shield for the regular season. For Punjab C.C. Gordon scored over 100 runs in four appearances, with a top score of 64 not out (against Punjab Hawks C.C.). Gordon was the vice-captain of the Mich-CA U-19 team in the Junior Olympics. Like Ani, he was considered for the team that represented Mich-CA in the Unity Cup in Chicago over Labor Day weekend, but was unavailable to play.

MCA congratulates all of its graduates and wishes them continued success on and off the cricket field. We are sure that all these players acknowledge the contribution to their cricket development made by MCA Joint Head Coaches Shyam Mayasandra and Vasanth Krishnaswami, and MCA High-performance Coach V.V. Giri.

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