About The GCA

According to historians, cricket was played for the first time on the Indian soil in 1721, in the Gulf of Khambhat, 80-odd kms from Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) headquarters in Ahmedabad. But back then cricket wasn’t ‘cricket’ as we know it today.

Fast forward

Gujarat Cricket Association was established in 1934 and is the governing body for cricket in the state with ten districts and a union territory under its wings.  Ahmedadabad, Kheda, Anand, Bharuch, Surat, Valsad (Bulsar), Gandhinagar, Banaskantha, Panchmahals, Daman and Dadra Nagar Haveli come under GCA’s jurisdiction.

GCA is a permanent member of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The Association believes in democracy and the affairs of the Association are run by office bearers, who are duly elected every three years by the General Body consisting of 37 members. There are four honorary members in the Association.

The Association is led by the dynamic and visionary president Mr. Amit Shah, who is also the president of the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), the ruling party at the Centre. Mr. Shah and energetic GCA vice president Mr. Parimal Nathwani, who is also President Corporate Affairs Reliance Industries Limited and Rajya Sabha MP, are determined to take Gujarat cricket to newer heights. The two dynamic personalities of Gujarat are credited for infusing professional attitude among the GCA teams. The success can be seen in Gujarat team’s historic win in the Ranji Trophy 2016-17 season.

But the scene was different five years ago. In spite of its existence for over eight decades, Gujarat had only produced a handful of international cricketers as compared to other affiliates of BCCI.

Despite having world class infrastructure including an indoor stadium and ultra modern gymnasium at Motera stadium, Gujarat boys were unable to deliver. A few got a national call but there was no national trophy in GCA’s cabinet. Best finish at national level was runners-up in 1950-51 Ranji Trophy. Something was missing.

In 2009, then chief minister of Gujarat Mr. Narendra Modi took the GCA reigns in his hands. He figured out that there was no dearth of talent and promise but it was the lack of professionalism that was holding the state back. As the president of GCA he encouraged professional / guest players for Gujarat. Former India players Venugopal Rao and Ramesh Powar suited the billing. Moreover, Mr. Modi emphasized on appointing professionally qualified support staff.

With world class infrastructure and the right attitude, the atmosphere in the Gujarat dressing room changed gradually.

Gujarat blossomed under the leadership of Parthiv Patel. In 2014-15, they won Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 and followed it with Vijay Hazare 50-overs competition in the following year. They recorded a hat-trick of national trophies with the prestigious Ranji Trophy in 2016-17 at the expense of mighty 41-time champions Mumbai. 

Gujarat Team has now won all the match formats in domestic cricket. It was like icing on the cake when Parthiv Patel made a comeback in Team India while Axar Patel and Jasprit Bumrah earned their respective international caps during this period. Gujarat had arrived.

In the past, Mr. RK Patel, Mr. Mrugesh Jaykrishna and Mr. Narhari Amin among others in the capacity of President of the Association have done a commendable job as GCA administrators. 

Moreover, GCA is proud owner of historic Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium, Motera or better known as Motera Stadium, which has witnessed numerous feats including the legendary Sunil Gavaskar’s 10000th Test run and great Kapil Dev’s record breaking 431st Test wicket. The Motera Stadium hosted its first international Test match in November 1983, played between India and West Indies. And of course, how can one forget, Motera was also witness to batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar’s first double century in 1999.

It is at this very stadium that MS Dhoni led side halted Australia’s winning streak in the ICC World Cup. The defending champions were mesmerized by Yuvraj Singh’s explosive batting in the quarterfinals of 2011 World Cup.

Meanwhile, the historic Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium Motera is undergoing redevelopment. Capacity of the stadium will be doubled. More than a lakh cricket fans will be able to watch a live match inside the stadium at a time. The stadium should be ready by 2019.

GCA boasts of having produced eight international cricketers - Deepak Shodhan, Nari Contractor, Rusi Surti, Jasu Patel, Dhiraj Parsana, Parthiv Patel, Axar Patel and Jasprit Bumrah - till date. It has also hosted a few international players including Rudra Pratap Singh, a guest player in current Ranji Trophy team.

Executive Committe

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Name: SHRI AMITBHAI SHAH

Designation: PRESIDENT

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Name: SHRI PARIMALBHAI NATHWANI

Designation: VICE PRESIDENT

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Name: SHRI BHARAT P ZAVERI

Designation: HON. TREASURER

Name: SHRI MEHULBHAI PATEL

Designation: HON. JT. SECRETARY

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Name: SHRI BHARATBHAI DUDHIA

Designation: HON. JT. SECRETARY

Name: SHRI JAYBHAI SHAH

Designation: HON. JT. SECRETARY

Name: SHRI S. A. RAVAL

Designation: EXECUTIVE MEMBER

Name: SHRI JANAKBHAI DESAI

Designation: EXECUTIVE MEMBER

Name: SHRI MAYURBHAI PATEL

Designation: EXECUTIVE MEMBER

Name: SHRI DEVENDRASINH SOLANKI

Designation: EXECUTIVE MEMBER

Name: SHRI MAHESHBHAI PITHAWALA

Designation: EXECUTIVE MEMBER

Name: SHRI MANISHBHAI DESAI

Designation: EXECUTIVE MEMBER

Name: SHRI NOLESHBHAI PATEL (INVITEE)

Designation: EXECUTIVE MEMBER

AGM Members

SHRI AMITBHAI SHAH
SHRI PARIMALBHAI NATHWANI
SHRI BHARAT P ZAVERI
SHRI MEHULBHAI PATEL
SHRI BHARATBHAI DUDHIA
SHRI JAYBHAI SHAH
SHRI S. A. RAVAL
SHRI JANAKBHAI DESAI
SHRI MAYURBHAI PATEL
SHRI DEVENDRASINH SOLANKI
SHRI MAHESHBHAI PITHAWALA
SHRI MANISHBHAI DESAI
SHRI NOLESHBHAI PATEL (INVITEE)
SHRI ANILBHAI PATEL
SHRI ASHOKBHAI BHRAHMBHATT
SHRI S. V. MISTRY
SHRI H. B. DESAI
SHRI NAIMESHBHAI DESAI
SHRI SANJAYBHAI PATEL
SHRI PRITESHBHAI PATEL
SHRI BHAVESHBHAI PATEL
SHRI KEVALBHAI PATEL
SHRI SWETALBHAI PATEL
SHRI DUSHYANTBHAI PATEL
SHRI K. R. RATHOD
SHRI TARUNBHAI JOSHI
SHRI KAUSHILBHAI SHAH
SHRI JAYESHBHAI DESAI
SHRI CHANDRAVADAN PITHAWALA
SHRI AJITBHAI PITHAWALA
SHRI GAUTAMBHAI ADANI
Shri K L CONTRACTOR
SHRI RAJESHBHAI PATEL
SHRI DHIRAJBHAI JOGANI
SHRI NARHARIBHAI AMIN
SHRI ASHOKBHAI SAHEBA

Selectors

SENIOR SELECTORS
Shri. Pathik Patel – Chairman
Shri. Hiralal Tandel
Shri. Bhavik Patel
Shri. Brijesh Dave
Shri. Bharat Mistry
UNDER – 23 SELECTORS
Shri. Pathik Patel – Chairman
Shri. Hiralal Tandel
Shri. Bhavik Patel
Shri. Brijesh Dave
Shri. Bharat Mistry
UNDER – 19 SELECTORS
Shri. Shailendra Solanki – Chairman
Shri. Hemant Panchal
Shri. Dharmesh Nayak
Shri. Kartik Parmar
Shri. Moiz Kadri
UNDER – 16 SELECTORS
Shri. Bhavik Thakkar – Chairman
Shri. Pravin Balsara
Shri. Mahesh Patel
Shri. Ketan Bhavsar
Shri. Noel Rana
UNDER – 14 SELECTORS
Shri. Bharat Patel – Chairman
Shri. Pravin Balsara
Shri. Mahesh Patel
Shri. Ullas Vora
Shri. Sunil Pathak
WOMEN SELECTORS
Shri. Bhagirath Thakore – Chairman
Shri. Homiyar Kasad
Shri. Dhansukh Patel
Shri. Suhas Macwan
Shri. Vishwajit Solanki

Coaches

VIJAY PATEL - BCCI - LEVEL 'C' CHIEF COACH / INCHARGE CRICKET OPERATION & GCA ACADEMY
HITESH MAJMUDAR - BCCI – LEVEL ‘B’ ACADEMY COACH / RANJI TROPHY COACH
TEJAS VARSANI - BCCI – LEVEL ‘B’ ACADEMY COACH / UNDER 23 COACH
JAYENDRA SAIGAL - BCCI – LEVEL ‘A’ ACADEMY COACH / UNDER 19 COACH
UMESH BELSARE BCCI – LEVEL ‘B’ ACADEMY COACH / UNDER 16 COACH
CHETAN MANKAD - BCCI – LEVEL ‘B’ ACADEMY COACH / UNDER 14 COACH
Ms.PAYAL PANCHAL - BCCI – LEVEL ‘B’ ACADEMY COACH / WOMENS COACH
Ms. RITUPARNA ROY - BCCI – LEVEL ‘B’ ACADEMY COACH / WOMENS COACH
PALLAV VORA - BCCI – LEVEL ‘A’ ACADEMY COACH / ASST. RANJI COACH
SAMIR SUSHIL - BCCI – LEVEL ‘A’ ACADEMY COACH / ASST. U - 23 COACH
NIMESH BAKRIWALA - BCCI – LEVEL ‘A’ ACADEMY COACH / ASST. U - 19 COACH
DHIREN BAROT - BCCI – LEVEL ‘A’ ACADEMY COACH / ASST. U - 16 COACH
BHAVIN MEHTA - BCCI – LEVEL ‘A’ ACADEMY COACH / ASST. U - 14 COACH
RAJIV DESAI - BCCI – LEVEL ‘B’ ACADEMY COACH
DHIREN GAJJAR - BCCI – LEVEL ‘A’ ACADEMY COACH

Support Staff

RANJI TEAM SUPPORT STAFF DETAILS
Vijay Patel - Head coach / in-charge academy - Level C
Hitesh Majmudar - Coach - Level B
Praful Raval - Trainer - NCA qualified
Dr Parthav Patel - Physiotherapist - NCA qualified
Bharat Parmar - Video Analyst - NCA qualified
Pallav Vora - Assistant Coach - Level A
U-23 TEAM SUPPORT STAFF DETAILS
Tejas Varsani - Coach - Level B
Samir Sushil - Assistant Coach - Level A
U-19 TEAM SUPPORT STAFF DETAILS
Jayendra Sahegal -Coach - Level A
Nimesh Bakriwala - Assistant Coach - Level A
U-16 TEAM SUPPORT STAFF DETALS
Umesh Belsare - Coach - Level B
Dhiren Barot - Assistant Coach -Level A

Office Staff

Dhiraj Jogani – CEO - 64 Years
Tejas Mehta - General Admin Officer - 35 Years - 10/15/2010
Hardik Patel - Cricket Activity Admin – 40 Years - 07/01/1996
Sawan Ahluwalia - Sr. Accountant - 41 Years - 2/1/2016

Scorers Staff

Akhilesh Jha - Age: 40 Yrs - BCCI Exam passed: 2004
Amit Vyas - Age: 41 Yrs - BCCI Exam passed: 2004
Tushar Trivedi - Age: 52 Yrs - BCCI Exam passed: 2006
Bharat Parmar - Age: 37 Yrs - BCCI Exam passed: 2006
Jignesh Bhatt - Age: 54 Yrs - BCCI Exam passed: 1999
Pravin Shah - Age: 65 Yrs - BCCI Exam passed: 1999

Umpires Staff

Amish Saheba - Age 57 - Stood in 55 ODIs and 5 Tests

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