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SCCA 80th Annual Banquet - Press Release
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- by SCCA Banquet Committee on Wednesday, January 29, 2020


Southern California Cricket Association (SCCA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization has been promoting and developing this second most popular global sport for over 83 years and has played a key role in the growth and awareness of cricket not only in Southern California but all across America.

SCCA is happy to announce that they will be having their 80th Annual Awards Banquet and Gala Dinner on Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 6:00PM onwards at the Crown Plaza LAX Hotellocated at 5985 Century Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045. This event celebrates the culmination of the 2019 cricketing season. The banquet program consists of entertainment, awards distribution, and a festive atmosphere for everyone to enjoy! SCCA has a track record of some legendary cricketers and icons who have graced their prestigious event in the past.  This year, the Keynote Speaker for the event is former Indian Captain and renowned international Cricketer, Padma Shri Dilip Vengsarkar.

Dilip Vengsarkar is a former Indian cricketer and a cricket administrator. He was known as one of the foremost exponents of the drive. He was also known by the nickname 'Colonel'.   Along with Sunil Gavaskar and Gundappa Viswanath, he was a key player in the Indian batting line up in the late 70s and early 80s. He went on to play till 1992.  At the pinnacle of his career, Vengsarkar was rated as the best batsmen in the Coopers and Lybrand rating (a predecessor of the PWC ratings) and he held the number one slot for 21 months in a row till March 2, 1989. He was a member of the 1983 World Champion's team. He had a productive run of scores between 1985 and 1987, where he scored centuries against Pakistan, Australia, England, West Indies and Sri Lanka, many of them in successive games. While the West Indies pacemen dominated the cricket world, Vengsarkar was one of the few batsmen who was successful against them, and scored 6 centuries against the likes of Malcolm Marshall, Michael Holding and Andy Roberts.  Vengsarkar runs three cricket academies, two in Mumbai and one in Pune, India. These academies give cricket training free of cost to the players selected on their skill level. He has recently launched his own website whose aim is to help upcoming players to move a step ahead.

SCCA is one of the largest leagues in the country with 47 teams currently playing across four divisions.  Their flagship grounds are located at the Woodley Park in Van Nuys. SCCA takes pride in the fact that they have helped organize ICC and USA Cricket Tournaments, Trials and Training camps and their local players consistently represent them well in the U.S. National Cricket Team. 

SCCA has a Youth Program in multiple centers to coach kids at a young age to ignite and nurture their interest in this wonderful game.   They also have a Women & Girls Cricket Program in place to encourage them to participate, develop and pursue their interest in this game.

Anyone interested in finding out more information about the banquet (tickets, planned VIP Reception, sponsorships, advertising, etc) can contact: 

Mihir Gandhi, SCCA President at 714-809-3525 ; or 

Ray Dee, Chair of SCCA Banquet Committee at 818-469-3160

P.S.:  Please help us spread the word and assist us in making this a successful event for our association.

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