Cricket

Aim

Promote the sustainable participation among youth by increasing Cricket’s reach to every school and village in Anantapur district, while also providing talented and motivated athletes a pathway to excel at District, State and National levels.

ASA runs a Cricket program across the district of Anantapur through 14 centers. The programs were initiated for boys in 2000 and for girls in 2006.

 

The total number of regular, weekly participants in Cricket at ASA is 781 (62 girls and 719 boys). Cricket is implemented via three types of centres: Grassroot Programs, Developmental Centres and the Anantapur Sports Village.

Grassroot Programs

The ASA currently operates 11 grassroot Cricket centres across Anantapur district, where 5 centres run programs for both girls and boys. A total of 582 youth (47 girls and 535 boys) participate in a regular, weekly program at these centres.

 

The youth at these centres have access to matted Cricket nets, gravel fields and dedicated coaches. The coaches are part of the RDT staff and are internally trained and supervised. All youth are provided free of cost training gear and equipment by RDT.

Development Centres

Currently, there are two development centres for Cricket running in Anantapur District – Atmakur and Bathalapalli – both established in 2011. The Atmakur program has 78 youth (15 girls and 63 boys) while the Bathalapalli program has 51 youth (all boys).

 

The entire program is supported by RDT, where all the children are provided well-maintained infrastructure, including matted Cricket nets and access to ground for matches. A full-time Cricket coach appointed by RDT supports the program. Apart from this, RDT provides the children with training gear and equipment as well as a nutrition program containing additional diet aligned to their training needs. RDT also focuses on imparting educational support, by including daily Computer and English classes in the development program.

Cricket Academy at Anantapur Sports Village

Established in 2004, the academy only catered to day scholars initially, but in 2010 a residential program for boys was initiated. ASV supports a total of 70 boys playing at U-14, U-16 & U-19 age groups, who are selected from RDT Cricket centres at grassroot and development levels.

 

The entire program is supported by RDT, where all athletes are provided with the necessary support for their development. The ASV comprises of quality cricket infrastructure including 1 international standard ground, currently hosting Ranji trophy matches, and two additional cricket grounds. There are also seven cricket nets; 1 astro-turf and 6 turf nets for players to practice and develop their skills. There are several office spaces and storage facilities built within this infrastructure including separate ground maintenance equipment rooms.

 

Other than these facilities and the coaching support, the youth are provided with a full nutrition program, incorporating all three daily meals and additional diet aligned to training needs. Moreover, they are provided free of cost access to education with RDT’s partner schools and colleges.

 

In the 2014-15 Cricket season, 11 players from the ASV Academy participated at State Level competitions while 30% of players participated at National Level competitions. Moreover, annual coaching camps were held at the ASV by the Anantapur District Cricket Association (ADCA) for U-14, U-16, U-19, U-22 and Senior levels. The ASV also hosted summer coaching camps organized by ADCA and RDT and the Andhra Pradesh Ranji Trophy and U-19 team coaching camps.

Major Achievements And Events

  • Rural Cricket Tournament organized annually by RDT since 2000.
  • 16 Ranji Trophy matches held from 2004 onwards.
  • Andhra Cricket Association (ACA) Inter-District matches for all age groups from 2006 onwards.
  • Women Inter-District, Inter-Zonal and Inter-State matches for various age groups from 2007 onwards.
  • BCCI South-India and All-India U-19 and Senior Inter-State Women Tournament in 2008/09.
  • National Cricket Academy (NCA) matches from 2009 onwards.
  • Ananta Premier League jointly organized annually by RDT and ADCA since 2011.