Newly-elected president of the Karntaka State Cricket Association (KSCA) Anil Kumble, has said that his team's upcoming term at the head of the administration and governance of Karnataka cricket is a chance to show that professional cricketers can make a difference at all levels of the game in the state.
"I believe we have the commitment, the intention, to change Karnataka cricket, to take it to the next level, to develop the facilities, the grassroots cricket," Kumble told news channel CNN-IBN. "We have the opportunities, we want to showcase that cricketers can make a difference. We have a belief, like we had on the cricket field."
His two former state and national team mates Javagal Srinath and Venkatesh Prasad were elected to the posts of Secretary and Vice President respectively in what could prove a watershd development in the governance of cricket at the state level in India.
Kumble defeated the incumbent president of the KSCA, Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, the former Maharaja of Mysore, with his team team winning 22 out of the 24 seats in the fray..
"It wasn't a fight, we have great respect for the maharaja, he's done a great job for the KSCA," he said. "It's just that there was a lot of factionalism and our job was to keep that out of the KSCA. We wanted to work as a team and that is what we'll do."
The KSCA elections came under intense scrutiny when Kumble, Srinath and Prasad announced their candidatures. When questioned whether these results could trigger off a tradition of cricketers joining administration across India, Kumble said: "We wanted to make a difference. We wanted to be part of the administration and make the changes. We will make a difference but please don't expect a miracle in 10 days, or when New Zealand play India at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in the ODI series. We have the expertise and the commitment; we will make people accountable for their performance."