Bangalore, Aug 8: Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar, Sourav Ganguly, Sir Richard Hadlee and many other present and former cricketers will join in celebrating Karnataka State Cricket Association's (KSCA) glorious journey of 75 years this month.
The 10-day Platinum Jubilee Celebrations will be held at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium with the stalwarts of Indian cricket present on the final day, August 17. On that day Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, EAS Prasanna, Bishan Singh Bedi, Virender Sehwag will also be there along with other stars.
On Wednesday (August 7), KSCA's president Kumble, secretary Javagal Srinath and their former team-mates were at Chinnaswamy Stadium to announce a host of events lined up. Also they unveiled the official mascot "Doodly" on the occasion.
The presence of New Zealander Hadlee is of historic significance as he had claimed the world record for most Test wickets from Ian Botham here in Bangalore. Hadlee took his 374th Test wicket in 1988 at the Chinnaswamy Stadium by dismissing Arun Lal.
Kumble said: "It is a momentous day for all of us here at KSCA. The Association's unwavering dedication to the cause of cricket ever since it was founded in Mysore in the 1930s has made us stay proud of our history. As I stand here and look back at how we have reached this stage, I am filled with great pride and gratitude. With this Platinum Jubilee Celebrations we would like to remember our predecessors with fondness and with an overwhelming sense of appreciation of their dreams which allowed people like us to realize our dreams. Through the many ups and downs we have soldiered on as a tribute to the visionaries of yore to whom we are both answerable and accountable."
Taking a walk down memory lane, Syed Kirmani recalled all his fond memories associated with KSCA. Speaking on the occasion, he said, "It is an honour to be on stage reveling in the days gone by and to derive inspiration from KSCA's heritage. As you would be aware the RC KSCA Academy is now present across the State and we pride ourselves on not just the level of training imparted but also on quality and uniformity. However, more than just cricket we strive to instill a sense of culture in the youth and take them through the rich legacy of KSCA and the State."
Srinath in his message said: "It is indeed a great occasion that we are celebrating our Platinum Jubilee. It is a tremendous feeling of pride for KSCA and befitting such an occasion, we have lined up an exciting calendar of events proceeding the biggest gala evening on the 17th of August."