The Vidarbha Cricket Association (VCA) on Wednesday (Jan. 18, 2023) felicitated its Under-19 boys’ team for winning a double crown this season (2022-23).
The U-19 team, which had lifted the Vinoo Mankad (One-Day) Trophy in October last year, won the multi-day Cooch Behar Trophy earlier this month.
It may be recalled that Vidarbha had last won the Vinoo Mankad Trophy in 2018-19 and the Cooch Behar Trophy in 2017-18. The U-19 boys had also twice finished runners-up --- in 2018-19 and 2019-20 --- in the Cooch Behar Trophy.
The players and support staff were presented with a silver salver each by the VCA president Justice Vinay M. Deshpande (Retd) at a small function held at the Billimoria Hall of VCA’s stadium at Civil Lines.
VCA’s immediate past president Mr. Adwait Manohar, during whose tenure the team had won the Vinoo Mankad Trophy, was present as a Special Guest. VCA honorary secretary, Mr. Sanjay Badkas, Vice-President Dr Avinash Deshmukh, Joint-Secretary Mr. Chandrakant Manke and Honorary Treasurer Mr. Arjun Phatak also graced the occasion with their presence.
Congratulating the boys, VCA president Mr. Deshpande said: “Heartiest congratulations to the entire squad. I am sure this will serve as a steppingstone for bigger success in the future. If you keep working hard and maintain your focus and concentration, I am sure you will achieve your goals.”
The VCA President also lauded the role played by the parents of the players who were also present at the function.
The biggest cheers were reserved for Coach Usman Ghani, under whose guidance the U-19 team displayed remarkable consistency and remained unbeaten in both formats of the game this season.
VCA honorary secretary, Mr. Badkas said: “Kudos to the players, coaches and other members of the support staff for this heartwarming display. It speaks volumes about the hard work, passion and dedication put in by the boys to earn laurels for Vidarbha.”