Our association, All India Women Twenty20 Cricket Association (AWTCA) is affiliated with Indian Twenty20 Cricket Federation ITCF-INDIA (www.itcf20.com). In this context around 22 Women Twenty20 cricket associations are affiliated with All India Women Twenty20 Cricket Association (AWTCA) these associations have further in process for affiliation of Women District Twenty20 Cricket Association in their concern states. These Women Twenty20 Cricket Associations conduct Inter State women Twenty20 cricket Tournaments Junior and senior levels in their states under their concern zones i.e. North, East, South, West and Central.
Summary of Ongoing Long Term Development Programme
- In order to spread the game into areas where it has not been developed or nonexistent, the Board has implemented a New Areas Development Programme under which financial and technical assistance for cricketing infrastructure development are provided.
- The AWTCA has been providing liberal assistance to its affiliates for infrastructure development, modernization of grounds & wickets, purchase of state-of-the-art equipment for physical fitness of players etc.
- Tournaments are arranged for various age groups so that talents are given ample opportunity to come up to national levels.
- A Talent Research Development Wing has been established to spot and develop cricketing talents in the country.
- To promote and develop the game TWENTY 20 CRICKET for men and boys from grass roots level in INDIA and provide the right opportunity as per the guidelines of Government of India, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports i.e. official cricket, good cricket grounds, cricket wears, shoes, cricket gears, cricket coaches, physiotherapist, trainers, doctors, to Government Schools/Street/Small Town/villages Cricket players from poor backgrounds & backward area of country.
The Federation comprised of:
- Founder Hon'y Secretary General
- One Hon'y Joint Secretary
- One Hon'y Treasurer
- 5 CEOs ( One from each zone) *
- 5 Vice Presidents (One from each zone) *
- Full Members
- Associate Members * i.e. North, West, East, South, Central
History of Indian Cricket
In 1911, an all-India cricket team visited England for the first time, sponsored and captained by the Maharaja of Patiala, and featuring the best cricketers of the time. It was in 1926 that two representatives of the Calcutta Cricket Club traveled to London to attend a couple of meetings of the Imperial Cricket Conference, predecessor to the current International Cricket Council. Although technically not an official representative of Indian cricket, it was allowed to attend by Lord Harris, chairman of the conference. An outcome of the meeting was the MCC's decision to send a team to India, led by Arthur Gilligan, who had captained England in The Ashes. The Hindus, as well as the all-India team, performed impressively during this tour.
In a meeting with the Maharaja of Patiala and others, Gilligan praised Indian cricket and promised to press for its inclusion in the ICC if all the promoters of the game in the land came together to establish a single controlling body. An assurance was given and a meeting held in Delhi on November 21, 1927, attended by delegates from Sind, Punjab, Patiala, Delhi, United Provinces, Rajputana, Alwar, Bhopal, Gwalior, Baroda, Kathiawar and Central India. A consensus was reached to create a board for control of cricket in India. Another meeting, on December 10, 1927, brought a unanimous decision to form a "provisional" board of control to represent cricket in India.