Former Karnataka and India cricketers Anil Kumble and Javagal Srinath have won the elections of the Karnataka State Cricket Association for the positions of president and secretary, respectively. Meanwhile, their former team mate Venkatesh Prasad ensnared one of three vice-president posts. The arrival of these three veterans ostensibly ushers in a new era in cricket administration in India. Their group which was formed a few weeks ago easily overcame the challenge lef by the incumbent president Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, the former maharaja of Mysore, winning as many as 22 of the 24 seats in the fray.
Also winning the elections from their group as the two otehr vice presidents were former Indian medium pacer Roger Binny and Bangalore-based industrialist Sadanand Mayya.
The KSCA electiosn were conducted over Sunday in the KSCA clubhouse at Bangalore's Chinnaswamy stadium. Counting of the votes began late in the evening with knowledge of Kumble's win coming well before it was officially announced. Claiming his victory, Kumble spoke to reporters and news people and while not formally mentioning an agenda, said that he would come up with a blueprint for the association in due course.
"Our idea is to make the KSCA a model association," he said. "The challenge is to ensure that we deliver. We'd like to include all the members' inputs."
"It's a victory that will change the perception of sportsmen entering sports administration," Binny - a World Cup winner in 1983 - told PTI. "Personally for me, this is one of the sweetest victories in an election." He added that the main objective would be "to improve the standard of cricket in Karnataka and develop a great infrastructure at the grassroots level."
Kumble, Srinath and Prasad have all held administrative posts with the ICC and the BCCI. Kumble was named the chairman of the National Cricket Academy in September and Srinath has been an ICC match referee since 2006.
Prasad, currently the bowling coach with Chennai Super Kings in the IPL, has coached the India Under-19 team and the Karnataka Ranji team. He has an administration degree from the Asian Cricket Council, and is now on assignment with the ACC to help promote the game and discover talent in countries that do not have a cricket playing history.