Karnataka, erstwhile Mysore, has a proud history of producing many legendary cricketers of India and today has one of the strongest teams in the Ranji Trophy Elite Group. The Karnataka State Cricket Association was founded during the year 1933-34 and is affiliated to the Board of Control for Cricket in India. In the late 1960s, the Association acquired its own cricket ground and moved from the modest Central College grounds office to the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. Bengaluru became a Test centre, and several memorable tests and one-day internationals, including the 1996 World Cup quarter-finals, have taken place here. In the year 2011, seven World Cup matches were successfully hosted by the KSCA. Karnataka has won the Ranji Trophy, India’s premier domestic championship six times and have finished as runners-up five times.
Karnataka has produced some of the best cricket players from India. Its most recent wins were in the 1998-99 and and 1997-98 seasons in which it emerged victorious in its finals against Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh respectively. It also defeated the Tamil Nadu cricket team in the Ranji Trophy season of 1995-96. Rahul Dravid, Javagal Srinath and Anil Kumble headed the success seen by Karnataka in the 1990s, thereby helping re-assert the Association position in the modern era. The rest of the Association’s victories were evenly spread in the 1970s and 1980s and owed to the presence of stalwarts such as E.A.S. Prasanna, Syed Kirmani, B.S. Chandrasekhar and Roger Binny among others.
Karnataka has won the Irani Trophy, the one off annual match between the Ranji Trophy champions and the Rest of India, four times.
The Karnataka State Cricket Association is committed to develop Karnataka as the premier cricketing state in the country. It aims to take the game to mofussil areas of the state for development at the grassroots level and to continuously promote the welfare of players. The KSCA has grown from strength to strength and is today one of the best-organized State Cricket Associations in the country. The Association today has over 4000 members from diverse backgrounds.
Personalities like Rollo, P. Medappa, S.P. Rajagopalachari, Singaravelu Mudaliar, C.S. Pitchamuthu, J.B. Mallaradhya and several other prominent citizens of the state who functioned in various capacities in the Association, ensured a smooth running in the early years when there was no corporate sponsorship. From the 1950s onwards there emerged powerful leaders in S.A. Srinivasan and M. Chinnsawamy and Dr K Thimmapaiah. Today Karnataka is well represented in the Indian team by KL Rahul, Karun Nair, Manish Pandey and Mayank Agarwal, thereby continuing its healthy contribution.