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Mustafa Khan

CEO & President

Biography

A familiar face in Compton, Mustafa Khan’s was introduced to Hub City  for his elementary and junior high schooling. He later completed his junior high and high school education in Santa Ana, CA.  He attended Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, CA before returning to Compton in 1971 as a professional basketball player (Harlem Clowns, Las Vegas All-Stars, and more).  During that time, his travels took him to Las Vegas and as far as Mexico and the Philippines. In fact, in 1976 Khan acted as a Volunteer Peace Ambassador to President Ferdinand Marcos in Manila.  After 1980, Khan switched gears and pursued a career in security as a security consultant and executive protection specialist.


In 1995, Khan was introduced to cricket and played with the first-ever American homeless cricket team, dubbed the L.A. Kricket/Homeless 11.  He toured England along with the team.


In 1996, Khan returned to Compton to teach cricket to youth. He originated and helped form the Compton Cricket Club, which consisted of Compton gang members from Centennial High School that went on to travel and play social cricket in England, Australia, and Ireland.  At the time, none of these young men had never been out of the U.S. Some had never even traveled on an airplane before. Each member of that team has since gone on to find good jobs, become business owners, homeowners, and build families with wives and children.  They are no longer involved in gang activity.  


Next, Khan helped establish the first inner-city school youth cricket program at the Sheenway School & Culture Center in Los Angeles.  The resulting team, the Sheenway Serendipity Cricket Club, was invited and traveled to the Geneva Convention in Geneva, Switzerland to do a cricket demonstration and show the positive change cricket had on the lives of inner-city children in the U.S.  None of these children had ever traveled outside the U.S. before and very few had been on an airplane.


Finally, Khan partnered with Dr. Tony Verity to grow Southern California Junior Cricket Academy and began teaching youth cricket throughout Los Angeles (including Watts and Compton) and San Bernardino as an alternative to gang involvement.  Khan helped build up to 6 different teams, including the Kelly Park Sharks, Islah Academy program, and Tucker Park enrichment program, all while hosting cricket demonstrations at various schools, parks, churches, and special events.


Khan is now the acting President and CEO of SCJCA.  He was inducted in the American College Cricket Hall of Fame in 2014.

 
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Audrey Moore

Board of Directors,
Vice President | Habla español

Biography

Audrey Moore is a remote member of the SCJCA team. As the 

Vice President and member of the Board of Directors, she specializes in operations, program management, recruitment, marketing, fundraising strategy, PR, and web-management for SCJCA.  


A Northern California native, Moore enrolled in the University of Southern California in Los Angeles in 2013, studying for a B.A. in International Relations (Global Business) with a focus on Global Management and Latin American Foreign Policy.  Additionally, she studied a Minor in Spanish.  


At the end of her freshman year, Moore was introduced to USC cricket by friends participating in the intramural Cromwell Premier League, hosted by the Trojan Cricket Club (TCC).  The intense and exciting final match of the season hooked her on the sport, and she returned the following semester to photograph the players in action. Once the photos were shared on social media, TCC participation and engagement skyrocketed.  The resulting boom in outreach and recruits led to Moore joining the TCC Board in December, 2014. The following semester, she became the club’s first female President. Under her leadership, the club grew to approximately 130 members (the largest club sport at USC), pioneered the first sustainable women’s involvement in matches and brought USC to victory for its first regional women’s tournament at Woodley Park.  She also debuted USC in the American College Cricket Western Regional Tournaments.


During this time, Moore noticed an individual named Mustafa Khan who was an avid supporter of the club and particularly engaged with the TCC’s social media channel.  After reaching out to Khan and learning about SCJCA’s mission, Moore and the TCC partnered with Khan. The goal was to provide community service opportunities to USC students, and mentorship opportunities for the SCJCA players.  These included bringing SCJCA to the University Park Campus for tours and small matches, or TCC players volunteering for SCJCA community and coaching events, such as Unity Day or Spring Up with Cricket.  


After graduating from USC Summa Cum Laude in December 2016, Moore kept in close contact Khan and joined the SCJCA Board just before moving back to the Bay Area in the summer of 2018 for a career in tech.  She has since managed operations, facilitated meetings, and coordinated events as the SCJCA Program Manager.  She is always looking for ways to enhance the SCJCA programs to better provide fun and inclusive opportunities for SCJCA's inner-city, at-promise youth.


Now an AdOperations Analyst at Liftoff Mobile, Inc., Moore has pursued cricketing opportunities for women in the Bay Area, and was invited to join the Northern California Cricket Association (NCCA) Tournament Committee in December, 2019.  In January 2020, she was elected as the first female to the NCCA Board of Directors.  

Today, Audrey Moore is grateful and honored to witness and be a part of the exceptional community of cricketers who have gone above and beyond to give back their time, talent, and treasure to those in need.  

 
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Rodney Cutting

Board of Directors, Coaching Coordinator

My name is Rodney Cutting, and my love and passion for cricket comes from my childhood playing in the backyard and as an adult playing on the national network.


After coming to Los Angeles and joining the SCCA League in 1984, I enjoyed being a player, captain,  manager, Grounds Curator, and now coach. The best part of coaching is being a mentor to so many interested in Cricket. Our kids are the future and I will devote as much time as possible to help better their development.  I am happy to be a part of SCJCA and making a difference in the lives of our youth.

 
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Dr. BK Atul Rai

Advisor to the Board of Directors

Biography

I am a resident of Santa Barbara, California and work in private practice as a dentist. Growing up in India, cricket was a passion and I played cricket at a young age through high school and in college. After moving to California, I played for Santa Barbara Cricket Club for many years.

I have been a member of Southern California Cricket Association since 1987 and served on the Executive committee for several years, including as the President of SCCA from 1997 to 2002 and more recently from 2016 to 2018.

  • I started the first Elementary Schools cricket program in Los Angeles in 1999 and brought in Mr. Malcolm Nash as coach. 

  • Hosted the India A v/s Australia A five match series at Woodley Cricket Fields, Los Angeles in 1999, that was televised live to several countries. 

  • Prepared the USA’s bid for the 2001 ICC trophy tournament and made an audio-visual presentation to the ICC delegates at Lord’s in 1999 that was widely appreciated.

 Appointed as the USA Cricket Association interim committee secretary in 1997, I rewrote the USACA constitution and conducted the first national elections in 1998. I was elected to the USACA Executive committee in 1998 and served as the President from 2001 to 2003. 

During my term as the President of USACA, I started the National Junior and Youth development program and conducted the first under 19 nationals in 2002. Also, started the Men’s regional and National championships in 2001 and created a 5-year strategic plan for National Cricket. During my term, USA won the Americas cup beating Canada for the first time in 2002 and the USA National team qualified to play in the Champions Trophy in 2004. I worked with the ICC to create Project USA that was to bring substantial funding and development to US Cricket. 

I was elected to the newly formed USA Cricket Board in 2018, I was on the Board until May 2018 and served on several committees. 

  • Chair of Steering committee that deals with Board governance matters.

  • Chair of Membership Committee that prepared proposals for new membership 

  • Chair of Cricket Committee: during my tenure as the chair, I was able to successfully complete the following tasks:

  • Rewrite the selections policies for Men’s, Women’s and Youth selections and bring in comprehensive changes to provide transparency and remove any biases and Conflict of interests!

  • Successfully conduct the Men’s National Team camp in July/ August 2019

  • Present a proposal to the Board for the Men’s National Tournament  

  • Interview and appoint Men’s, Women’s, and Youth Selection committees.

  • Interviewing candidates for the Men’s team Head Coach and the appointment of the Coach subsequently. 

  • Arranging a trials camp in Houston in March 2019 for the U19 players to have a chance at selection to the National Team. 

  • Chair of USA Cricket CEO interview panel, interview, and short list candidates. 

  • Governing Council MiLC: As chair of the Governing Council for Minor League Cricket, I helped in writing some of the Rules, Regulations, playing conditions and policy documents including selection and draft rules for Minor League Teams and players for 2020 Minor League. 

I am currently a Director of the SCCA Board and started the Southern California Youth Cricket League last year for the U14 and U18 age groups, bringing together all the Youth Cricket Academies and programs.   

My passion is to help kids to learn the game of cricket and provide them an opportunity to become part of the USA National Team. 

My dream is to make cricket a mainstream sport in the USA and be able to watch it on national sports networks.

 
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James Hays

Advisor to the Board of Directors

Biography

In addition to serving on or advising to the Board of Directors for SCJCA since 2018, James Hays is an accomplished Regenerative Medicine and Biologics Specialist who serves on three additional Boards of Directors: Accelerate Medical Corporation, Bella Blood Systems, and the Drew Child Development Corporation, where he volunteers as Chairman of the Board.


Hays also served as the former President and Chief Technologist of PlasmaGenix Corporation for over five years between  2013 and 2018.

A passionate member of the Compton community, Hays is actively involved in engaging the City Council and paving the way for better political processes, even running for Mayor of Compton in 2017 and 2021.

Today, Hays' insight and dedication to SCJCA have proven invaluable as the organization expands its at-promise youth cricketing programs across Compton and Southern California.

 
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P. David Sentance 

Advisor to the Board of Directors

Biography

I learned to play cricket aged 7 in Nairobi, Kenya and evolved as a left-handed bowler and right- handed batsman. By age 11, I played with the Impala Cricket Club in the men’s league during my summer holidays.  This lasted for three years. Secondary education was at the King’s School, Grantham as a boarder where I played Under 12 to First X1 cricket for six years on grass wickets. In my last year at the King’s School I was awarded Best All- Round Athlete representing the King’s School in the five different sports, including cricket.  At Outward Bound in Aberdovey, I received the Warden’s Badge for leadership. On passing my four A levels I played for Grantham CC (founded in 1854) in Lincolnshire’s premier league. 


Moving to Queen’s Belfast in 1971 for a History degree, squash and swimming became sports of choice. In the aftermath of Londonderry’s Bloody Sunday, I transferred to Edinburgh University for three years, graduating with an MA Honors in History. Owing to time and financial constraints, team sports took a back seat to others that were part of a Physical Education certificate program; they would inform my sports reporting for the Edinburgh University student paper.  In 1976, I moved to Los Angeles on a UCLA scholarship. 


At UCLA I was invited to join the University CC by Leo Magnus. Other team members were Peter Lomax, Tony Verity (US player), Ray Murdoch (US), Anil Lashkari(India and US) and Jim Reid (US Captain). My first SCCA-University CC game included a hat-trick day against Santa Barbara CC at the UCLA intramural field, where the team has its own shed on campus and tea was brewed between innings. During this time UCLA’s Dr. Peter Lomax and Dr. Tony Verity organized regular cricket tours to England. These tours turned the University CC into an exhilarating cricket talent powerhouse, generating six US team players for the ICC 1979 Associates World Cup and several more representative players in later decades. On my one 1976 England tour Don Weekes (Barbados) joined us along with Anil and his son Neil Lashkari. 


Supporting my California cricket lifestyle proved a challenge at first. After graduating UCLA with second MA degree and entrance to the Ph.D African History program, I taught history at Marlborough Girls School. I enjoyed teaching but found the insurance business the best financial match for my cricket interests.  By 1985, great success in sales translated to financial advice and the freedom to play cricket with Britamer Cricket Club (founded in 1949), a club Cliff Severn had invited me to join in 1981 and for which I would play as opening batsman for 8 years. During the same timeframe, I bowled second change. 


Los Angeles cricket in the 1980’s was disrupted by major local events such as the Rodney King beating and the Northridge Earthquake. These iconic events highlighted the value of cricket’s soft power. I helped organize a celebrity cricket match at Will Rogers State Park followed by the first US Club team to tour Kenya. Locally, I captained a Los Angeles British American Chamber side which defeated an Arizona team in Phoenix. This strong connection with local British organizations culminated in the founding of the Los Angeles Krickets, the world’s first homeless cricket team. Princess Diana’s visit to Los Angeles put the spotlight on the homeless issue which inspired me to start coaching cricket at the Justiceville Domes founded by Ted Hayes. For three months I coached the homeless men and women before bringing in Leo Magnus to take over coaching duties so I could focus on fundraising. Our efforts culminated in playing at Hambledon, against the Metropolitan Police in London, Ridlington CC, in the New Forest and Bournemouth. The Los Angeles Krickets’ winning record in England garneredd worldwide TV coverage culminating in a Disney movie contract for the players. 


The United States of America Cricket Association picked up financing for youth programs briefly with selection games played in Plano, Texas in 2002. I accompanied two Southern California players from our Southern California Junior Cricket Program who gained selection for the US Under 13 pool of players. No international games were played. These experiences informed my writing of Cricket in America 1710-2000 published in 2006.


My cricket playing activities continued with Hollywood Golden Oldies tours to Vancouver, Western Australia, China, India, Sri Lanka, Sharjah and New Zealand. By 2009, Brian Edun and I were US selectors for the women’s team which won two matches against Brazil and Argentina. 


From 2000 onwards I continued to raise funds for Southern California Junior Cricket Academy which expanded its development role to women’s cricket. SCJCA helped organize the first California women’s cricket team to play in Victoria, British Columbia in 2008. Durga Das captained the side before she went to captain the US in 2011. Soon, Maq Quereshi organized a women’s tournament in Broward Stadium which drew six teams nationwide. The team I managed at the tournament included Hall of Famer Petal Samuels. 


Co-incidentally, while in Florida, I met Lloyd Jodah who founded American College Cricket in 2009. Lloyd had a keen sense of where he wanted to take the college game with a little history thrown in. Within a year, his five ACC charter college operation in Broward Stadium expanded with TV Asia coverage to ten teams. By 2010 Lloyd and I were broadcasting games along with Jamie Lloyd who now does statistical analysis for the US team. While the American College Cricket operation expanded to seventy teams nationwide, my old LA Krickets teammate Mustafa Khan brought youth cricket to Compton.  Lloyd Jodah held the 2015 West Coast Championship in Compton’s famed Jackie Robinson Baseball Stadium to demonstrate how good quality cricket could help Compton connect with local universities such as USC, UCLA and UC San Diego. Both Mustafa and myself were recognized by ACC founder Lloyd Jodah for our efforts by induction into the American College Cricket Hall of Fame.


In 2019, Compton’s Kelly Park cricket program participated in the inaugural Junior Southern California T-20 tournament held at Woodley Cricket Complex. Staying active with inner-city coaching while phased out of a SCCA forty-year league playing career with the Dolphins CC, I remain truly grateful to have stayed in the game so long, sustained by numerous good times and friendships. One of my fondest Golden Oldies moments was demonstrating cricket in Beijing and Shanghai. Fortunately, my golden cricket years have included learning to score on new digital scoring platforms such as CricClubs. My rudimentary scoring skills were pressed into service at the US Trials held in Los Angeles this September 2019. In 2020, I look forward to accompanying the first US College All Star tour of the UK organized by American College Cricket. I feel fortunate to have ridden the rapid, multi-cultural growth of cricket in the US this last fifty years-it has been a great ride, made possible by a very understanding wife and three sons who have tolerated my cricket obsession with bemused amazement from Beyond the Boundary.

 
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Chris Olivares

Coach, Compton Sharks | Habla español

Biography


A former Recreational Specialist for the City of Compton Recreation Department for 12 years, Chris Olivares is extremely familiar with the parks and resources Compton’s recreation has to offer our youth.  


As the Head Coach of our at-promise youth team, the Compton Sharks, Chris has impacted the lives of numerous inner-city children beyond his phenomenal coaching.  With his help, the Sharks have been able to participate in two SCCA tournaments, causing leagues across California to take an interest in the team.  


SCJCA is extremely grateful to Chris for his countless hours of dedication to the organization, the sport, and above all, the at-promise kids that play for the Compton Sharks.