Charges levelled by Kumble and Srinath 'false and misleading': KSCA

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Published: Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 17:31 [IST]
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'Charges levelled by Kumble are false'

Bangalore, Aug 20: The Managing Committee of Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) has termed charges of misuse of funds, alleged by Anil Kumble and Javagal Srinath as "false and misleading".

On Sunday (August 17), former India captain Kumble and former India fast bowler Srinath, who both served as president and secretary of KSCA in the previous term, had walked out of the association's Special Annual General Body Meeting alleging misuse of funds by the current group.

The duo had alleged that Brijesh Patel's (secretary) team was misusing the funds for clubhouses instead on cricket. They had alleged that Rs 100 crore is being planned to be spent on clubhouses.

Today, in a press release, KSCA listed out 14 points clarifying their stance on how they would "promote" cricket across Karnataka.

Here is the full press release from KSCA


"Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) committed to promote cricket across Karnataka; to create training infrastructure beyond Bangalore

Charges levelled By Anil Kumble & Javagal Srinath against KSCA are false and misleading

1. The Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) wishes to clarify that the allegations levelled by two former international cricketers against the existing Management Committee with respect to the proceedings of the Special General Body meeting that took place on August 17, 2014, are completely false and misleading.

2. The Management Committee placed several proposals at the Special General Body meeting (SGM) held on 17th August 2014 and all of them were unanimously approved. However, the past president of the KSCA, Mr. Anil Kumble and past secretary, Mr. Javagal Srinath, were not in favor of a few of the proposals.

3. We wish to state that KSCA has undertaken extensive programs to promote cricket across Karnataka by developing the basic infrastructure and training facilities. As part of this program, cricketing facilities, such as, indoor cricket, dormitory, residential rooms, convention centre, gymnasium, swimming pool, physiotherapy rooms, and rooms for players and match officials, are planned at Hubli, Belgaum, Shimoga and Alur.

4. The budget estimate for each centre is as follows: Hubli - Rs 25 crore; Belgaum - Rs 25 crore; Shimoga - Rs 25 Crore and Alur - Rs 33 crore. The funds allocated for each centre will be spent over a period of next three years on creating basic infrastructure and all associated facilities as mentioned above. This is to ensure that emerging cricketers and new talent has access to best of the training facilities in these four different centers. KSCA shall be claiming 30 crores subsidy from BCCI against the projects approved in the SGM.

5. The vision is to set up such centers of excellence in every district of the state of Karnataka. As part of the agenda in special general body The Management Committee has also taken approval of the members acquiring lands for cricket grounds in all the district of Karnataka. It is relevant to point out that during their tenure they have not acquired one inch of land in any rural area and now they are stating about facilities in other parts of Karnataka.

6. "Unfortunately, the two former cricketers are creating an impression that the KSCA is spending huge amount only on building club houses and convention centres in the four selected locations. That is definitely not the case, as we are creating the complete infrastructure required for our cricketers and fresh talent to undergo the necessary training,". Most of the expenditure is to be spent on creating cricket related infrastructure and their statement that we are spending 100 crores on club house is totally misleading and devoid of factual foundation.

7. When Mr. Anil Kumble and Mr. Javagal Srinath were at the helm of the affairs at the KSCA, they had taken approval for a capital budget spending Rs 140 crore for the year 2014-15. "They had proposed to renovate the Northern Stand of the M Chinnasawamy Stadium as well as the residential rooms at an estimated cost of over Rs 100 crore. The allocation for rural area was a mere 12 crores while 128 crores was planned for Bangalore.

8. The present Management Committee however, found it wise, to extend the infrastructure facilities to other parts of Karnataka rather than spending a huge sum at Bangalore and mostly on the Chinnaswamy Stadium.

9. During their tenure they spent about 50 crores in the form of capital expenditure which were all mostly in Bangalore. The said amount included an expenditure of around five crores in renovating the existing club house at Bangalore. No cricketing facility was part of that renovation of the club house. It is also relevant to point out that no prior permission of the General Body was taken up for taking up these works.

10. It is ironical that when the present management committee is proposing and seeking member's approval and guidance in advance they are raising objections. The Transparency levels of the present management is evident as its approach is to take prior approval and take the members into confidence and not carry out the work without specific approval as has been done during the their tenure.

11. The management is also fully aware that it has to spend 85 % of its receipts and if it fails it will lose income tax exemption. The management has placed prudent financial management in place and seeks to achieve the objects by spending on the rural part of Karnataka. The statement that we are spending away what has been kept as reserves of the last 79 years is totally false and in fact the cash flow was presented to the Special General body which was approved by the members. The management has earmarked fixed deposit of 75 crores which shall not be utilized.

12. The Present management committee is committed to the development of cricket in all parts of Karnataka and as part of its commitment it has set in motion the process cricket infrastructure development throughout Karnataka. The Present management committee also thanks the members for their overwhelming support during the special general body when all the proposals were approved. ​

13. It is also relevant to place on record that the General body is the meeting of the members and everyone view is to be taken. Merely because their views were not in accordance with the wishes of the majority they left the venue to state that they have walked out. They ought to have stayed and contributed to the various other agendas that were being taken up subsequently by way of rule revision which they were unable to present to the General body in their three year tenure. Path breaking rules have been proposed and approved by the General body.

14. The Management committee is surprised with the negative attitude of the two former international payers in supporting such initiatives of cricketing infrastructure development across Karnataka."

Managing Committee, KSCA


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