A trophy started in 1931? It could only be in cricket! Hyderabad Cricket Association is organising the Coromandel King Annual All India Moin-Ud-Dowlah Cricket Tournament, perhaps the oldest cricket tournament in the world.
The games would be on from 2nd September to 20th September at various grounds of the twin cities.
This year's edition of the tournament will have 20 teams for various cities and states. The list of the teams are, Chemplast, BSNL, HCA president's XI, Maharashtra, Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA), Mumbai, Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), Railways, HCA Combined Districts, MRF, USA Colts, Tripura, Goa, HCA XI, Vidarbha, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA), Jharkhand, Assam and India Cements.
Hyderabad would be fielding three teams, HCA XI to be captained by VVS Laxman, HCA Combined Districts by Mukthar Ali and HCA President's XI by D Vinay Kumar. Saurav Ganguly will be in the team of CAB captained by Deep Das Gupta.
This tournament will be a 3-day league-cum-knockout basis. The first round knockout is from 2nd to 4th September, the second round is from 6th September to 8th September, the quarterfinals is from 10th September to September 12th at Gymkhana, AOC, NFC, RRC, ECIL, Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, HMWS&SB and Vijayanand Grounds.
The two semifinals will be held from 14th September to 16th September at Gymkhana and Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, with the final from 18th September to 20th September at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium.
This tournament was started in 1931 by Late Nawab Moin-Ud-Dowlah, who was a great patron of the game. In 1936, the trophy was won by Maharaj Kumar of Vizianagaram XI. The Maharaj Kumar retained the trophy which was supposed to be a rolling one. The Nawab donated one more trophy (the present one) which is valued at around Rs. 8 lakhs.
The sponsors of this tournament is Coromandel King. Please contact HCA on 2790-5676 for further details.