The original idea of forming the association was that of Marcus Couto and Shirish Konkar, who were inspired by the weekly talks on cricket by Vijay Merchant. They approached Dr. Vasant Naik who gave their idea a concrete form. Through correspondence and personal meetings with like-minded cricket people, they finally decided to form this association. While it was originally the plan to form an association only of statisticians, it was soon realized that it had to include scorers as well, since scoring is in fact the bedrock of all statistics.
The two guiding principles of the Association articulated were to correct all statistics pertaining to Indian cricket and to improve the standard of scoring throughout India.
Finally, on Saturday, 8th August 1987, the first General Meeting was held at the Prabhudesai Hall of the Wankhede Stadium –announcing the formation of “The Association of Cricket Statisticians and Scorers of India” (ACSSI). A modest monthly membership of Rs.10/- was proposed and fixed, with an entrance fee of Rs.100/-. Marcus Couto was the first member, followed by Mohandas Menon and Shirish Konkar, Sudhir Vaidya and Dinar Gupte in that order.
Archana Dabholkar became the first female member of the association in 1991.
Atul S Kahate at 16 years became the youngest member of the association.
Prakash Dahatonde was the first life member followed by Theo Braganza.
The first committee consisted of Anandji Dossa (President), Sudhir Vaidya (Vice-President), Dr. Vasant Naik (Hon. Secretary), Mohandas Menon (Hon. Jt. Secretary) and Marcus Couto (Treasurer); the Committee Members – Shirish Konkar, Pradeep Jadhav and Avi Sule, the Co-Opted Members were Dara Pochkhanawalla, Suhas Marathe and Dinar Gupte (from Baroda) which constituted the founder committee.
Dara Pochkhanawalla, seasoned journalist and veteran social worker, drafted and steered the ACSSI Constitution to fruition.
When Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli scored 664 runs unbroken partnership for the third wicket between them on February 24, 1988, in a Harris Shield School Tournament, little did these boys know that they have established a world record . Their feat would have virtually gone unnoticed had it been not for ACSSI who brought the fact to the notice of the media and the little wonders made their way into Wisden. ACSSI did not stop there – they even felicitated the two boys in their school – BalmohanVidyamandir at Dadar. This was the first time that they were publicly honoured and the first time they not only occupied the dais but also held the mike as well. I still remember that Sachin was so nervous, so innocent that it took him almost seven minutes to recite his two line speech
In 1991, the march of time and the spread of the Association meant that the Constitution needed to be amended to allow expansion and smoother functioning. As ever, this onerous job was masterfully handled once again by Dara Pochkhanawalla.
In 2004 the Association was granted a permanent physical address, kind courtesy of the Mumbai Cricket Association who permitted us the use of their address as our c/o address. It must go on record that MCA has always been providing us with the use of their rooms and facilities for all our events held in Mumbai – may be a stand, hall or even the Kanga Library. And now we have access to the modern, up to date MCA conference room thanks to our President Shri Dilip Vengsarkar.