Fifth Annual Bay Area Cricket Gala Awards
Milpitas, CA: The Fifth Annual Bay Area
Cricket Alliance (BACA) Gala Awards Night ceremony for honoring
member clubs and local cricket players was held on December
12, 2004. It was a crowded function attended by relatives,
family members, friends and friends of players who took part
in the matches. The function was held at the Sarovar Indian
Cuisine in Milpitas, California. Milpitas Mayor Jose Esteves
was the special guest of honor. Other distinguished community
leaders also attended the Gala Awards Night.
Over hundred awards were presented to t
Dr.Asghar with the award winners
eams and individuals who
played in the summer league knock-out tournament, U-19 cricket
players, Fourth of July cricket festival tournament and the
interstate cricket competitions.
The Hindu Group Cricket Club of Sacramento won the 2004 Summer
League Champion Award. The San Jose Demons Cricket Club got
the 2004 Knock-out Tournament Champion Award. Aamir Khan of
Tracy United Cricket Club won the Most Valuable Player (MVP)
Award while Shiva Vashishat of Demons Cricket Club won the
U-19 US All Star Team Member Award Speaking on the occasion
Abrar Ahmad, Chairman of Bay Area Cricket Alliance observed,
“We are delighted by the response we have received from
our member clubs, players, community and community leaders
during the Gala Awards Night. This only encourages the players
to perform even better and the organization to work even harder
to take the game of cricket to next level.”
Notable local business and community leaders who attended
the Gala Awards Night included Jamil Khan, local bus
inessman; Dr. Fayaz Asghar, Cardiologist, San Jose; Sher I.
Iqbal, Speedee Oil Change; Anil Yadav, President of JACK IN
THE BOX in Northern California.
The Gala Awards presentation was hosted by Sandeep Chahal
and Chandransu Chaudhry of Bay Area Cricket Alliance. Live
music and entertainment was provided by singer Mandeep Singh
and DJ Services of Desi-Connexion.
The major sponsors of the Bay Area Cricket Alliance Gala Awards
Night included the Jamil Khan Enterprise, Speedee Oil Change,
Malik Husain of Century21 and Headways Technologies.
Bay Area Cricket Alliance made its debut in 1999 and has grown
by leaps and bounds since then to become one of the best organized
cricket leagues in the US. BACA currently has 16 teams and
more than 200 members play in this League.
Mayor Jose Esteves with BACA Chairman and Secretary
The League cricket is
played April through October each year followed by a knockout
competition for the League teams. The cricket grounds are
obtained from schools with the help of Parks and Recreation
Departments, County, School Districts and local committees.
As of now BACA league cricket is played on ten different grounds
from San Jose to Sacramento. In most instances, the grounds
are shared by two teams, at least.
In addition to theabove mentioned League games, BACA promotes
cricket by organizing tournaments and parallel activities
for its members. It hosts a variety of other cricketing events
by inviting teams from all over the US and sends its representative
teams to play in other states. The organization is constantly
working to promote the game at all levels, particularly in
In 2000, BACA started the Youth Cricket Program. The Summer
Cricket Camp for Youth was also a great success. Nearly thirty
children in the age group of 10-13 years were part of the
program in 2002. Coaches were provided by the organization
to infuse the art of playing cricket. Encouraged by the success
of this event, BACA is planning to host similar events every
BesidesLleague cricket - the premier event - BACA organizes
the 4th of July Cricket Festival to mark the US Independence
Day celebrations, post-season Knock-out Tournament and Summer
Youth Cricket Camp each year. Its success is largely attributable
to support of local schools, businesses ,and community leaders.
For more cricket information visit: Local Cricket: www.bayareacricket.org
International Cricket: www.cricinfo.org