The Northern California Cricket Association (NCCA), in partnership with Major League Cricket (MLC), is organizing a high octane fifty-overs Super League (NSL) with four teams from NCCA clubs. The league matches will be conducted over seven weeks, starting April 16, 2022. The NCCA also announced that private equity advisory firm Altius Strategic Consulting has agreed to be the Title Sponsor for the 2022 edition of the NSL.
Altius NSL 2022 Tournament committee Chair Biju Nair said the tournament would be a template for long-format cricket in the USA. This tournament assimilates homegrown high-performing local cricketers with professional cricketers who joined the USA cricket landscape through Major League Cricket to provide the best of the west. Mr. Nair thanked Mr. Rajib Arjun from Altius Strategic Consulting LLC for extending the company’s support to be the Title Sponsor for the inaugural edition of the NSL. NCCA Board Chairman Mr. Anuj Patel, NCCA Board member Mr. Prakash Giri joined the organizing committee with Mr. Nair.
NCCA, under the leadership of Mr. Ganesh Sanap, had initiated many tournaments in the Bay Area to fuel the growth of long-format cricket. In contrast, most of the tournaments in the country focus only on T20 cricket. Mr. Sanap was instrumental in reviving the prestigious Raisinland Trophy between NCCA and Southern California Cricket Association (SCCA), which stalled for various reasons.
NCCA Seniors and U19 teams recently traveled to Los Angeles and played 50-overs games at Woodley Park Two on back-to-back days against SCCA Seniors and U19 teams.
The Altius NSL 2022 tournament has four teams participating in the inaugural edition. During a player draft conducted on March 30, 2022, the following participating teams were individually assigned 18 member squads.
• Bay Area (BA) Blazers
• Davis Grizzlies
• SARE (Saeed Ahmed Real Estate) All-Stars
• Stanford Strikers
Mr. Nair added that the 2023 Altius NSL edition may have six teams based on interest and traction observed during the Altius NSL 2022. He noted that 142 players from the Bay Area registered for the 2022 draft. To participate in Altius NSL 2022, the player needs to be a California resident of the Bay Area.
Altius Strategic Consulting has been supporting youth cricket in the US and UK. This sponsorship alliance with NCCA is another step in supporting a pathway platform for domestic men and youth cricketers in the Bay Area.
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