In order to avoid the third washout on the trot of the Dr HD Kanga Cricket League, Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) decided to postpone the prestigious monsoon tournament by a month this season. Mumbai’s premier cricket tournament, which is generally held in early July ever year, will now begin on August 5 and go on till October 14.
“We could not hold the league for the last two seasons due to excessive rain. So, this time we will start Kanga League a month later to avoid rain,” Vinod Deshpande, Kanga League secretary told MiD DAY yesterday. While the rest of the format remains same, there is a change in point system in case of a washout. “Earlier, a minimum of an hour’s play or 13 overs had to be bowled to fetch a point in a washout match. From this season onwards, we have decided to give teams one point for being present for the match.
“This is because matches may be possible on some grounds, but at some places play might not be possible due to water logging,” said Deshpande. Kanga League, which began in 1948, is considered to be the heart and soul of Mumbai’s cricket. It is played on Sundays and bank holidays. Nearly 100 clubs participate in seven divisions.
Dadar Union Sports Club has won the Kanga League title 12 times, one more than their arch-rivals Shivaji Park Gymkhana. For a long time it has been the supply chain of players for Mumbai’s Ranji Trophy team. Experts reckoned playing on uncovered pitches and overcast conditions prepare cricketers technically and mentally. It is also believed to be the best preparation ahead of a gruelling season.