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Atlanta Cricket Academy Celebrates
First Annual Banquet with Elan

By Mahadev Desai

Atlanta Cricket Academy (ACA) celebrated its first annual Banquet in a grand style on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 at the Casablanca Banquet Hall in Alpharetta, GA. The joyous event was attended by tournament sponsor: ASK Staffing, ACA Committee members:Venu Pisike, Deepak Roy, Murali Vijjapurapu, Pravin Vaghela;ACA supporters, Coach Anand Tummala, Coach Deepak Roy, esteemed guests President-elect GIBC Dhiru Shah, and Atlanta’s veteran freelance journalist Mahadev Desai,;Volunteers, Players and their families. The stage was beautifully decorated with balloons and attractive ACL banner as a backdrop. Sparkling trophies were displayed on tables adjacent to the stage.

Committee members –Launch of ACA website – L to R: Venu Pisike, Murali Vijjapurapu, Deepak Roy, Pravin Vaghela

In the engaging and captivating program emceed by cheerful and confident Lahari Pisike and Sanjana Sidike, ACA Committee members remembered and celebrated the many success stories and accomplishments this year. The audience was also regaled with captivating songs, dances, quizzes and performances on musical instruments like clarinets by young performers. And while the gathering was relishing spicy snacks, Viraj Vaghela energized the audience with his rendering of the popular ‘Champions’ song. (Big applause).

L to R: Coach Deepak Roy and Coach Anand Tummala


Quizzes also elicited lot of fun. Prizes were given to quiz-winners.!ACA cricket coach Anand Tummala gave an absorbing talk on role of parents in nurturing and supporting children’s passion for cricket. Awards and Trophies were presented to all the committed, upcoming and high performance cricket players.
ASK Staffing presented trophies and medals to Annual Champions Trophy and Challenger Trophy Winners and Runners-up. Coach Anand, Dhirubhai Shah, Mahadev Desai and ACA Committee members were also invited to present trophies to outstanding performers. Dhirubhai Shah and Mahadev Desai were recognized and presented with flower bouquets.

ACA Gladiators
ACA Warriors


In 2017, ACA won the two championships.

ACA Avatars won the US Open Youth U13 cricket tournament held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida over the last weekend of October 2017.

ACA Avatars Team: Viraj Vaghela (captain), Ishaan Roy (vc), Ateendra Subramanian (vc), Danush Kaveripakkam, Dhruv Patel, Pranay Kapadia, Rishi Pandey, Aran Chenchu, Abhiram Kalvakuntla, Jay Sonawala, Nayan Bhogaraju (wk), Ricardo Powell Jr. (RJ), Prabhavh Pradeep, Coach: Deepak Roy, Manager: Pravin Vaghela

ACA Avatars won the Minor Cricket League (MiCL) U13 Cricket tournament held in St. Louis, MO over the Labor Day long weekend.

ACA Avatars Team: Viraj Vaghela (captain/wk), Ateendra Subramanian (vc), Danush Kaveripakam,Vinay Polaku, Pranavh Pradeep, Samanyu Vemuri, Aran Chenchu, Abhigna Vijjapurapu,Yash Verma, Abhiram Kalvakuntla, Prabhavh Pradeep, Akhil Posa, Coach: Anand Tummala, Managers: Murali Vijjapurapu/Pravin Vaghela Viraj Vaghela (Captain)
Ateen Subramanian (Vice Captain)
Danush Kaveripakam
Vinay Polaku
Pranav Pradeep
Samanyu Vemuri
Aran Chenchu
Abhigna Vijjapurapu
Yash Verma
Abhiram Kalvakuntla
Prabhav Pradeep
Akhil Posa

ACA Lightning
ACA Strikers


Coach Anand Tummala was also recognized and presented with an Award. In his brief remarks Anand, who is a noted cricketer and a highly qualified cricket coach said “The current period is the best time for cricket in U.S.Cricket is gaining popularity here.The International Cricket Council is responsible for the organization and governance of cricket's major international tournaments, most notably the Cricket World Cup. More countries are participating in cricket competitions. Different formats of cricket matches are gaining popularity so budding talent has many openings now to showcase their prowess. Cricket is driven by cricketers .Coaches, physiotherapists, support staff are in the background but players are center-stage.”. He exhorted the young players to make most of their youth and to make most of the opportunity available to them. He commended parents for their dedication, commitment and support in providing facilities, coaching and in arranging competitive cricket matches. Anand then recognized ACA Committee members Venu Pisike, Murali Vijjapurapu; Pravin Vaghela and Deepak Roy (also an ACA Coach), commending them for their selfless and sterling services and calling them ‘four pillars of ACA”.Anand recognized ACA’s cricket coach Alex Camilus who unfortunately could not be present at the banquet.


 L to R: Coach Anand Tummala, Viraj Vaghela, Pravin Vaghela


ACA profusely thanked ASK Staffing’s Devaki Kumayan, Vikram Bedi and Smita Atre for attending and for the tournament sponsorship. It also thanked Atlanta Cricket League for helping ACA during the year and ACL President - Ramu Parupalli, ACL Chairman - Rakesh Gandavarapu and ACL Board Member - Sirish Vallabhu for gracing the event. It further thanked Bhavuk Goel of Bazooka Cricket Store for generously gifting Cricket Bats and Kit to high performers, and Hasan Ali of Cricdepot for donating raffle prizes.ACA recognized and presented flower bouquets in appreciation to these sponsors and representatives.
ACA Committee members presented 2017 key developments, achievements, finances and roadmap for 2018.
ACA also launched its website at the Banquet.

The memorable evening concluded with delicious dinner.

Please check out the informative and interesting website:  anyone interested in contacting ACA, pl. Email –  and Phone no – 470/239-0297