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Dodda Ganesh to contest KSCA elections

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Updated: Saturday, November 9, 2013, 19:58 [IST]

Bangalore, Nov 9: Former India fast bowler Dodda Ganesh will contest next month's Karnataka State Cricket Association's (KSCA) elections.

Ganesh is part of the team announced by Brijesh Patel and Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wodeyar, the scion of the Mysore Royal family. He will be seeking election as one of the six life members to the KSCA's Managing Committee.

Dodda Ganesh to contest KSCA elections

Patel will contest for secretary's position while Wodeyar will stand for president's post in the December 1 polls.

The current president and secretary, Anil Kumble and Javagal Srinath have decided not to seek re-election.

The 40-year-old Ganesh, who played four Tests and a lone One Day International for India, said he is grateful to former India batsman Patel for giving an opportunity to serve Karnataka cricket.

"I am grateful to Brijesh Patel and team for recognising my service to Karnataka cricket as a player and now they have invited me to join them for elections. It will help me to give back to the game," Ganesh told ThatsCricket on Saturday.

Ganesh, who is currently one of the selectors of senior selection committee, said he wants to see more players from Karnataka making it to the national side.

"When I made my debut for India in 1997, there were seven players from the state. But in recent times Karnataka has not been able to produce cricketers for the national side on a consistent basis. Through this new team we hope to spot talent, nurture them and guide them to realise dreams of winning India cap," he added.

Ganesh also said if the Patel-Wodeyar team is elected they will revive Karnataka Premier League (KPL) Twenty20 tournament. KPL was launched in 2009 under Patel-Wodeyar administration. After the second edition in 2010, it has failed to take off again due to various reasons.

According to him, KPL is a necessary platform for youth to showcase talent.

"We have found some exciting talent like Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Abrar Kazi and others through KPL," he said.

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Story first published:  Saturday, November 9, 2013, 19:30 [IST]

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