Jharkhand State Cricket Association

History of JSCA (BCA)

History of JSCA (BCA)

In the words of Dr. P C Mustafi "cricket in Bihar has been identified with cricket in Jamshedpur . . ."

The early days of cricket in Bihar are remembered with the fearsome deliveries of Minoa Patel and mighty "sixers" of K A D Naoroji which in fact was the threshold of the new era of cricket to be followed in Bihar. In those days annual fixtures of Calcutta Parsees and Jamshedpur Parsees was an exciting battle for the cricket-loving people of Jamshedpur.

The Bihar Cricket Association (BCA) was formed in the year 1936 at Jamshedpur with the Late Mr. A M Hayman as President, Mr. K A D Naoroji, and Professor Moinul Huq as Vice Presidents, Mr. N Quereshi as Secretary and Mr. Nagarwala as Honorary Treasurer.

In 1937 the Bihar Cricket Association (BCA) played its first Ranji Trophy match against the Cricket Association of Bengal and Assam at Calcutta and got a first-innings lead. A very creditable achievement indeed, though Bihar lost the match to a far better side.

In Jamshedpur, the first Ranji Trophy match was played at the Keenan Stadium in 1939-40 against the Cricket Association of Bengal. Bihar had to wait till the 23rd of January 1948 to record its first victory when it beat Delhi and District Cricket Association at Keenan Stadium, Jamshedpur. Delhi and District Association had to score 32 runs with 8 wickets and one full day left a register a win. But the glorious uncertainties of cricket, 8 wickets tumbled for 17 runs in less than one hour! In 1959-60 Bihar defeated Bengal to become the East-Zone champion and entered into the semi-final of the Ranji Trophy against Mysore, Bihar had a good chance of winning the match if it had taken a lead in the first innings. The actual scores were Bihar 307 & 146 and Mysore 314.