Monday, October 05, 2009

Former BCCI President Mr.Raj Singh Dungarpur passed away

Former BCCI president Raj Singh Dungarpur died in Mumbai on Saturday 12th September 2009 following protracted illness. 73-year-old Raj Singh Dungarpur, who was president of the Cricket Board for three years in the late 1990s, was suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

A former president of the Cricket Club of India (CCI) for 13 years before he took ill last year, Dungarpur died at his residence on Saturday morning.

A founder member of the World Cricket Academy (WCA), his vision to create something better for World Cricket gave birth to the idea of a World Cricket Academy (WCA).

Zubin in conversatio with Raj Ji.

Rajbhai sharing some thoughts with Zubin in his last days.

A bachelor from the Dungarpur royal family of Rajasthan, he was also a former first class cricketer, a former India team manager and ex-chairman of the senior selection panel.

Born on December 19, 1935 as the youngest son of Maharawal Lakshman Singhji, the ruler of Dungarpur, he played Ranji Trophy for Rajasthan for 16 years, between 1955 and 1971, as a medium-fast bowler. He is survived by his elder brothers -- Jaisinghji and Mahipalsinghji - living in Rajasthan.

Raj Singh Dungarpur inspired WCA to take the facilities availed by cricket players of the metro cities to the rural places in India. Even when it was difficult for him to undertake long trips, he came as far as Amravati to encourage rural talent. He also came for talent search in the cities like Varanasi (DLW) and Indore (Bhawan’s Prominent School).

Raj Singh Sir inaugurating an academy in Amravati, Maharashtra.

Let’s take cricket to villages friends, was the advice taken to the heart by us. On his insistence WCA took cricket to places like Azamgarh, Mau, Akbarpur, Chandrapur, Wani, Pen, etc.

One match is equivalent to twenty coaching sessions, was how he emphasized the importance of match situation. “There is too much of coaching in our sub continent Sir”, he would say, “let us get the players to play more matches, children learn more from matches…”.

A few years back, his cousin Hanumant Singh, also a World Cricket Academy’s elite coach had passed away. And now Raj Singh too has joined him in the Elysian Fields. May his soul rest in peace. All of us at the World Cricket Academy pay a heartfelt homage to the cricket legend.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Junior Cricket Zone

WCA is introducing a special programme, Junior Cricket Zone, designed especially for the participants of “Chowder Campaign”. Junior Cricket Zone caters to the needs of cricketers between the age group of 6 to 16.
The participants logging in through this programme will have to fill in the registration form. These participants then will become WCA Junior Cricketers. The participant can avail of various offers & privileges given out by the WCA from time to time . He will then be given a regular update of the happenings of the academy. For those participants who are really talented and wish to make a career out of cricket WCA will guide the participant and help them out in their career.
On the children’s day, that is, on the 14th November 2009, there will be a draw wherein 10 participants will be selected. Each selected participant will win a set of cricket whites.
Please go to the Junior Cricket Zone section to participate & fill the Registration Form.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009


The Easter YCD Programme dates are from 6th to 14th April 2009.

The cost of the Programme is £875.

Please contact us for more information

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Barmy Army Colts land in Goa

The Barmy Army Colts have landed in Goa for their 12 day Tour of Goa.

The hastily re-arranged Tour, due to the atrocities in Mumbai, will be based in Margao.

They are playing the following matches -
  • Match 1 - 15th December vs Goa U 14 (Margao Cricket Club)
  • Match 2 - 16th December vs Vasco RCC U16 (SAG Chicalim -Vasco)
  • Match 3 - 18th December vs Navjeev Sports Academy U15
  • Match 4 - 19th December vs SAG RCC Bicholim Team (SAG Ground -Sanquelim)
  • Match 5 - 21st December vs Dempo Sports Club (Panjim Gymkhana)
  • Match 6 - 22nd December vs RCC Panjim Side (Panjim Gymkhana)

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

YCD Special Offer

Our Youth Cricket Development programmes are filling up fast for the
pre-Christmas Programme in Mumbai.

The dates for this programme are Monday 15th December to Tuesday 23rd
December 2008.

With England playing India at the Brabourne Stadium during these dates, we
can expect this YCD Programme to fill up quickly.

We have 5 places left for this Programme - and for a Special PROGRAMME ONLY
price, you can be part of it too.

For those of you who are already in India during this time, you can be part
of the YCD Programme for only £499 and this includes the following

- WCA Coaching
- WCA Nets
- WCA Skill Drills
- WCA Bowlers/Batsmen

Our all inclusive package is £875 (normally £999). This includes -

- WCA Coaching
- WCA Nets
- WCA Skill Drills
- WCA Bowlers/Batsmen
- Shared Accommodation
- Three meals a day

If you'd like to attend this programme - please contact Toby Briggs on 07930
277298 or t.briggs@worldcricketacademy.com

Friday, August 08, 2008

Working with the best - Yuvraj Singh, India

WCA's Zubin Bharucha working with India's Yuvraj Singh

As is WCA's ethos of assisting and helping those needing technical help, we continue to offer our services to all those who require fine tuning, and willing to go back to the drawing board to rectify errors.

WCA's Zubin Bharucha working with India's Yuvraj Singh

Monday, June 09, 2008

WCA's Hand In IPL Success

WCA's Zubin Bharucha was involved with the IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals, from recommending players to drafting strategy plans. The Rajasthan Royals went on to win the inaugural Indian Premier League.

Zubin looked after the player analysis for Shane Warne of the opposition's
lesser known players, and it came up trumps for the Royals.

For the full article, please click here