Kousik is TNCA’s cricketer of the year

"Naturally we are disappointed that Chennai did not get to host any matches of the ICC World Twenty20. It is the people of Chennai who are the sufferers. This is a cricket starved city," said TNCA president N. Srinivasan at the association's 86th annual day awards.

J. Kousik was awarded TNCA's cricketer of the year.   -  Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

Pace bowling all-rounder J. Kousik won the Bishnuram Medhi Trophy for the cricketer of the year at the 86th annual day awards function of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) here on Friday.

Speaking on the occasion, TNCA president N. Srinivasan appreciated the commitment and dedication of the association’s office-bearers, staff, members and volunteers.

He said, “Naturally we are disappointed that Chennai did not get to host any matches of the ICC World Twenty20. It is the people of Chennai who are the sufferers. This is a cricket starved city.”

Srinivasan added, “But we took it in our stride. We brushed aside the disappointments and did our job. The ICC was highly appreciative of the manner in which the women’s World Twenty20 matches were conducted here.”

The TNCA president said, “We are a loyal and a staunch member of the BCCI.”

Srinivasan was happy about the creation of the Tamil Nadu Premier League and thanked the broadcaster and all those who bid for the franchises for the “faith they had shown in the TNCA.”

He appreciated the role of U. Prabhakar Rao and said his request to step down as the TNCA vice-president must be respected. “Prabhakar Rao’s contribution to Tamil Nadu cricket and TNCA is priceless,” Srinivasan said.

Vijay Shankar and K.B. Arun Karthick accepted the awards on behalf of the Vijay CC, which achieved a unique treble last season.

TNCA joint secretary R. I. Palani, who read the annual report, announced TNCA and TNPL will have a new website managed by SportsMechanics from today.

Former India leg-spinner L. Sivaramarkrishnan anchored the programme. Martin Raj, assistant secretary, TNCA, proposed a vote of thanks.

Prominent award winners

Bishnuram Medhi Trophy: Cricketer of the Year: J. Kousik; Baliah Memorial Trophy: Collegiate Cricketer of the Year: K. Bharath Shankar (SRM University); V. Jagannathan Memorial Trophy: Best Bowler in Ranji Trophy: Rahil Shah; T. Vasu Naidu Memorial Trophy: Best Fielder in Ranji Trophy: B. Indrajith; M.A.M. Ramaswamy Endowment: Consistent Performance in Ranji Trophy: Malolan Rangarajan; N.N. Suvarna Memorial Trophy: Highest Aggregate in Ranji Trophy: B. Indrajith; R.T. Parthasarathy Trophy: Cricketer of the Year from Districts: D. T. Chandrasekar (Tiruvallur); C. Subramanium Trophy: School Cricketer of the Year: S. Kishan Kumar (St. John’s MHSS), S.W. De Allwis Trophy: Junior School Cricketer of the Year: B. Sai Sudharsan (Santhome), Special Award for Representing India in U-19 World Cup: M.S. Washington Sundar; V. Pattabhiraman Prize for Most Promising Cricketer in Tamil Nadu State matches: S. Manchanda Singh (Nellai Nadar MHSS), Ghulam Ahmed Prize: For Outstanding Schoolboy Cricketer in South Zone: Nidhish S. Rajagopal (St. Bede’s); A.F. Wensley Prize: For Most Promising Boy in TNCA Coaching Camp: Mohammad Adnan Khan (St. Bede’s).

Woman Cricketer of the Year: D. Hemalatha (MOP Vaishnava College), Promising Woman Cricketer of the Year: K.N. Ramya Shri (Bakthavatchalam Vidyashram), Promising Woman Under-19 Cricketer: S. V. Keethana (Sacred Heart MHSS), Best Woman Fielder: S. Anusha (MOP Vaishnava College).

Raja of Pudukottai Prizes for District Performances: S. Sanjay Srinivas (Namakkal), N. D. Harishankar (Coimbatore), S. Radhakrishnan (Coimbatore), R. Sonu Yadav (Krishnagiri), Pradosh Ranjan Paul (Tirupur).

TNCA Inter-District tournaments: Under-14: Winner: Coimbatore: Runner-up: Tiruvallur: Under-16: P.R. Thevar Trophy: Winner: Tiruvallur , Runner-up: Tirupur; Under-19: Winner: Namakkal; Runner-up: Krishnagiri; Under-23: Winner: Coimbatore, Runner-up: Tiruvallur; Seniors: S.S. Rajan Trophy: Winner: Coimbatore, Runner-up: Tirupur.