The victory of Jyotiraditya Scindia in the biennial Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) election has more to do with the personal charm and interest of the man who had been at the helm of affairs for the last six years.
His victory has also proved that the sports loving people of Indore are not ready to accept a person (read Kailash Vijayvargiya) who has little or no credentials in cricket.
If state industry and commerce minister and Indore District Cricket Association president Kailash Vijayvargiya lost, it has more to do with his controversial image. "For us, he as the head of the state cricket association is not at all acceptable," said a former MP cricketer, requesting anonymity. Vijayvargiya failed to win over the hearts of the cricketing fraternity.
In contrast, the personal charisma of Scindia and his wholehearted devotion to the cricketing cause has definitely helped in the rise of Madhya Pradesh on cricketing map of the country. Scindia took various steps to improve cricket in the state.
It was during his regime that ultra modern cricket stadium with floodlights - Holkar Stadium - was completed on October 2010 at Indore. The stadium has hosted three One Day Internationals and two Indian Premier League matches. Kochi Tuskers chose it as their home ground in 2011, IPL.
To tap budding talents of the state, the Indore Cricket Academy was established at the Holkar stadium in 2008. It was later renamed after Sanjay Jagdale for his contribution to cricket.
An indoor academy equipped with three synthetic cricket pitches, retractable side nets, full air-conditioning along with spacious gymnasium with contemporary training equipments.
The MPCA has arranged tours at Australia, Sri Lanka and England in the past and now Madhya Pradesh team all set to visit South Africa.
Young umpires from Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association, Nikhil Menon and Akshay Totre were inducted by the BCCI on its panel of Umpires. At the age of 25, Nikhil and Akshay are the youngest umpires to be inducted on the Panel.
There are 9 umpires from MPCA who are on the BCCI panel, including Sudhir Asnani who is on the ICC panel of International Umpires. Apart from the duo, Rajesh Singh Timane has cleared the BCCI Level II exam for umpires.
Jalaj Saxena, young off-break bowler from Madhya Pradesh, was selected in the India ‘A’ Team for the tour of West Indies in May / June 2012, while Naman Ojha and Saxena have been included in India ‘A’ team to tour New Zealand.
Vijayvargiya could never live up to the expectations of cricketloving people of Indore. “What have they done for development of cricket in city, once known for many cricketing legends like Colonel CK Nayudu, Captain Mushtaq Ali, Chandu Sarwate,” asked BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale, blaming IDCA president for present dismal condition of Indore cricket.