India news November 2, 2010

Kumble, Srinath and Prasad to contest KSCA elections

ESPNcricinfo staff
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Three of Karnataka's greatest ever cricketers - Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath and Venkatesh Prasad - will contest elections to the state cricket association (KSCA) on November 21. A fourth, Rahul Dravid, will not contest but has indicated to his former team-mates that, if they win, he will be part of the administration in some capacity.

"We are all in this together," Prasad told ESPNcricinfo.

Kumble, Srinath and Prasad have all held administrative posts with the BCCI and the ICC. Kumble was named the chairman of the National Cricket Academy in September, while Srinath has been an ICC match referee for the past few years. Prasad, currently the bowling coach with Chennai Super Kings in the IPL, has coached the India Under-19 team and the Karnataka Ranji team and was the bowling coach of the national side for two years. He was reported last week to have accepted an assignment with the Asian Cricket Council to promote the game and groom talent in the non-cricketing parts of the continent.

Their entry marks the exit of an earlier generation of cricketers from the KSCA , led by its current secretary Brijesh Patel and including GR Viswanath, Syed Kirmani and Roger Binny. "With the changing times I'm of the belief that fresh energy, new ideas and young feet are always good for an institution," Patel said in a statement released on Tuesday. "We are lucky that we have Kumble, Dravid, Srinath and others willing to sacrifice their time and energy to take Karnataka cricket forward."

Patel and his generation of players came into administration in 1998, and he's been secretary since then.

"I've seen these cricketers closely and I've immense faith and utmost confidence in their ability and commitments to make KSCA a model association," he said. "My team and I have decided to extent unstinted support to this cause. I also appeal to all members of the KSCA to support this young team."

The number of cricketers with India caps and sizeable stature who have entered the labyrinth of Indian cricket politics are small. The most prominent among them is Dilip Vengsarkar, who is a Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) vice-president, and has contested four elections since 2000, winning two against a rival and being voted uncontested in the others. He had contested an lone MCA election in the 1990s shortly after his retirement, but had then been beaten.

In 1998, Sunil Gavaskar was co-opted into the MCA as vice-president to fill in the post made vacant following the sudden death of the incumbent, Ramakant Desai. Gavaskar did not contest the next election a few months later because he said he didn't want to stand against fellow cricketers.

In the same year Kapil Dev stood for elections for the post of Haryana Cricket Association, but was beaten by Ranbir Singh Mahendra who went on to become the BCCI president in 2004.

India's most successful captain of the 20th century, Ajit Wadekar, was elected Mumbai Cricket Association president, lost the post to Sharad Pawar in 2001. That election gave Pawar, currently ICC president, his entry into cricket administration. Spin twins, Bishen Singh Bedi and S Venkataraghavan once held office as the secretaries of their home associations, Bedi with the Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) and Venkataraghavan with the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association.

Currently, the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) has former India off-spinner Arshad Ayub as its president, and former India spinners Shivlal Yadav and S L Venkatapathy Raju as its vice-presidents. Yadav is also a former HCA secretary. Former India opener Chetan Chauhan holds office as DDCA vice-president.

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  • Vilander on November 6, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    Kumble Dravid great cricketers, Sri is a good one, all appear to be v good men too so ok. But prasad is a good man, bad bowler, pathetic commentator so he is most suitable for a non english speaking job imo.

  • Samgen on November 4, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    Looks like we are getting our 'Magnificent 4' . I hope to have all 4 intact at the end though.

  • on November 4, 2010, 8:32 GMT

    But this should be just the first step. We need guys such as Kumble to take over the BCCI eventually.

  • ultimatewarrior on November 4, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    Mr Kumble pls go ahead and make sure that no more Uthappas or no more Ajinkya Rahanes lost his place to Dinesh Karthiks, Rohit Sharmas, M Vijays, A Mukunds and many more.

  • Farce-Follower on November 3, 2010, 14:09 GMT

    @AzeemD : Thanks for pointing it out. Kapil Paaji should have sailed through unopposed. He is a true Legend.

    As for Karnataka, politics has sunk to the nadir. I hope it does not affect the election of these venerable gentlemen.

  • on November 3, 2010, 11:07 GMT

    Cricketers known for their integrity getting involved in administration... Fantastic! From a cricketing perspective they have been part and parcel of the system for two decades now so they will know plenty of areas to improve. Also to be noted that they are well educated too. I know Srinath and Kumble have engineering degrees and Dravid is a commerce graduate. Thats a lot of positives to bring to the table. Well done guys.

  • bharath74 on November 3, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    We dont need fat greedy business administrators, we need former cricketers to lead the cricket in India.

  • on November 3, 2010, 5:15 GMT

    Really nice to hear the news. Have seen Anil from the School days way back in 1984 & he was one of the most discplined & comited player one can come across. All the 3 (Anil, Jav & Venki) have come a hard way by their sheer performance & i really trust they win the KSCA Elections & bring back the golden days of Karnata Cricket. With Dravid to follow shortly, i trust this team along with Sachin, Saurav, Laxman to make it to BCCI shortly. Hatz off Guys. All the best.

  • on November 3, 2010, 4:36 GMT

    what does this has to do with cricket? politics and sports are two different things,

  • MillionairePauper on November 3, 2010, 3:13 GMT

    I really hope no matter who wins of these contesting greats will do their best not only with nurturing the young talent but also in upliftment of the Chinnaswamy Stadium, which I think is in a really bad shape compared to the other international stadiums and make it the best in India at least. Best of luck.

  • Vilander on November 6, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    Kumble Dravid great cricketers, Sri is a good one, all appear to be v good men too so ok. But prasad is a good man, bad bowler, pathetic commentator so he is most suitable for a non english speaking job imo.

  • Samgen on November 4, 2010, 16:08 GMT

    Looks like we are getting our 'Magnificent 4' . I hope to have all 4 intact at the end though.

  • on November 4, 2010, 8:32 GMT

    But this should be just the first step. We need guys such as Kumble to take over the BCCI eventually.

  • ultimatewarrior on November 4, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    Mr Kumble pls go ahead and make sure that no more Uthappas or no more Ajinkya Rahanes lost his place to Dinesh Karthiks, Rohit Sharmas, M Vijays, A Mukunds and many more.

  • Farce-Follower on November 3, 2010, 14:09 GMT

    @AzeemD : Thanks for pointing it out. Kapil Paaji should have sailed through unopposed. He is a true Legend.

    As for Karnataka, politics has sunk to the nadir. I hope it does not affect the election of these venerable gentlemen.

  • on November 3, 2010, 11:07 GMT

    Cricketers known for their integrity getting involved in administration... Fantastic! From a cricketing perspective they have been part and parcel of the system for two decades now so they will know plenty of areas to improve. Also to be noted that they are well educated too. I know Srinath and Kumble have engineering degrees and Dravid is a commerce graduate. Thats a lot of positives to bring to the table. Well done guys.

  • bharath74 on November 3, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    We dont need fat greedy business administrators, we need former cricketers to lead the cricket in India.

  • on November 3, 2010, 5:15 GMT

    Really nice to hear the news. Have seen Anil from the School days way back in 1984 & he was one of the most discplined & comited player one can come across. All the 3 (Anil, Jav & Venki) have come a hard way by their sheer performance & i really trust they win the KSCA Elections & bring back the golden days of Karnata Cricket. With Dravid to follow shortly, i trust this team along with Sachin, Saurav, Laxman to make it to BCCI shortly. Hatz off Guys. All the best.

  • on November 3, 2010, 4:36 GMT

    what does this has to do with cricket? politics and sports are two different things,

  • MillionairePauper on November 3, 2010, 3:13 GMT

    I really hope no matter who wins of these contesting greats will do their best not only with nurturing the young talent but also in upliftment of the Chinnaswamy Stadium, which I think is in a really bad shape compared to the other international stadiums and make it the best in India at least. Best of luck.

  • Kulaputra on November 3, 2010, 2:20 GMT

    Azeem is absolutely right on the money. What sort of association would this be that outvotes Kapil Dev. Kapil, come to Karnataka and we will honour and cherish your presence here. You are one of the superstars of the game, an icon for many youngsters.

    Gavaskar's wish when asked who he would like to be reborn as unhesitatingly said 'Kapil Dev'.

    Shame on Haryana cricket association members

  • Riderstorm on November 2, 2010, 21:46 GMT

    It's a great news. I would love to see ganguly in the Administration ranks being headstrong and who can standup for what he believes in and has an eye for talent. I did observe one thing till now that nobody i mean nobody raised a question regarding these amazing cricketers foray into administration. That is wonderful to see.

    All the best guys, hope you achieve what you wish to.

  • DanfromCA on November 2, 2010, 21:06 GMT

    It gladdens my heart to hear this news! I cannot tell you how pleased I am! Being from Bangalore and watching these 4 gentlemen growing from college kids into international icons, I am proud to have known them. I wish them all the best and I know they will make a huge impact on Karnataka cricket. I do also wish, they beat the goondas of BCCI and take over the country's cricketing fortunes in the near future! GO LADS!

  • MAD-1 on November 2, 2010, 20:53 GMT

    What I find unacceptable is that Kapil Dev contested for the post of President of the Haryana Cricket Association and lost. He should have won unopposed. His opponent should be embarrassed for beating him and the board members who voted against him and humiliated the states greatest son should be ashamed.

  • on November 2, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    I am jealous of KSCA come on guys lease out Dravid (after he retires) to UP. Dont be a miser you guys will have 4 most studious and clean cricketers as your state cricket boss and we have bunch of jokers. Our jokers cannot maintain a stadium and cannot even build a new one. Oooh I am so green with jealousy , hopefully in a few years time these guys will be in BCCI top posts and then ICC. Till then we in UP will have to do with our bunch of jokers

  • SrikanthReddi on November 2, 2010, 19:47 GMT

    Srinath, Kumble, Dravid are the people who can bring or try to bring in some changes. They are statesmen with genuine love for cricket. Wish them all the best. Good signs for Indian cricket. Hope BCCI doesn't waste the talent like they did with Sir Kapil Dev

  • on November 2, 2010, 19:34 GMT

    I am glad men of Kumble, Srinath and Prasad's stature are willing to take up the admin roles. It augurs well both for Karnataka and Indian domestic cricket. May these gentlemen bring to the table less politics and more development!

  • bharath74 on November 2, 2010, 19:14 GMT

    unlike Hyd ruled by shivlal yadav and ruining Hyderabad Cricket, i think Kumble, Srinath and Prasad will not allow politics to ruin talent. Gr8 news

  • Shantan on November 2, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    On what basis is Ajit Wadekar "India's most successful captain of the 20th century"? Isn't that Mohd. Azharuddin?

  • on November 2, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    Four straight forward, intelligent and humble person to represent KSCA. I am sure they will take the Karnataka cricket to new heights. Hope every state body have representatives like them.

  • TestOfTime on November 2, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    These are people with Impeccable reputation and have the interests of Karnataka cricket in mind. I hope they manage to spread the cricket infrastructure to all parts of the state and make Karnataka cricket as honorable as the mumbai one. Good luck fellas

  • on November 2, 2010, 16:12 GMT

    It is wonderful that some of the best cricketers of India and of course originally of Karntaka are taking time off and working for local cricket.

  • vinayjayaram on November 2, 2010, 16:02 GMT

    No matter who wins,its good for Karnataka cricket..Good luck all..We want to see many more dedicated and committed cricketers like you guys..

  • on November 2, 2010, 15:29 GMT

    wow once this is done i bet karnataka would produce some fine cricketers cos all 4 r legends in their own ways.....esp dravid and kumble ....so it's a gr8 step towards cricket if u see...:)

  • on November 2, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    Good for Karnataka cricket and I wish the Indian cricket (BCCI) also follows suit by making good cricketers, its office bearers and not let these politicians run the show and making the headlines for all wrong reasons and bringing disrepute to this beautiful game of cricket

  • on November 2, 2010, 15:01 GMT

    Excellent news! Hope they will bring much needed professionalism to Cricket administration...

  • Farce-Follower on November 2, 2010, 14:58 GMT

    Great news...I am sure legends like Kumble and Srinath will help unearth talent from rural Karnataka and develop infrastructure in places like Mysore, Hubli, Davangere or Mangalore. Let's hope they continue to get Test Match cricket to one of the greatest centres - Chinnaswamy in Bangalore.

  • indianxpres on November 2, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    it's good to see Kumble,dravid,srinath and prasad contesting KSCA elections. KSCA can get a new look with four from new generation. i am sure these four will do better for KSCA.. people from political background should not be in KSCA. they will try to loot here also

  • on November 2, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    Its just music to the ears.. So many cricketers who seem to have all the administrative capabilities and arguably the best brains around, are coming into administration.. Karnataka's board already had a good number of cricketers in the ranks and it is getting only better.. The state has begun a rich tradition.. I m very happy that these cricketers are into administration especially because they have always openly acknowledged test cricket as their favourite version of the game!!

  • on November 2, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    If there was anything that BCCI did good over the year was to have Kumble as Chairman of NCA. Currently it is used at rehabilitation abode for most cricketers who get injured in the middle of season. I have always believed that Ojha needs Kumble to talk to him and so does Manish Pandey need a long stand with Dravid. These cricketers are institutions in themselves and Srinath and Venky coming over to help just adds that bit more credibility to Karnataka Cricket. One knows how much pressure Kumble and his mates put on themselves to perform and how they have worked hard over the past 15 years to bring Indian Cricket to a stage where they are. The youngsters of this association must be the luckiest lot ever to have guidance from four of the best cricketers the State has ever produced. Initiative taken by these men must inspire cricketers from other boards to kick out politicians and middle men from the District Associations and alike. Amen.

  • Kar_cric_fan on November 2, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    Wonderful wonderful news. People with such high ethical standards, known for their hard work and dedication to the sport for so many years are foraying in administration. This augurs well for cricket in Karnataka and hopefully they'l consider an active role in BCCI as well. Good luck chaps!

  • on November 2, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    Awesome ! :) Its the best that could've happend to cricket administration in karnataka :)

  • on November 2, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    This is absolutely wonderful to hear... these are all time greats, and recognized as the some of the most upright and dignified cricketers to have ever played the game. One of the better pieces of news I've heard for Indian cricket in the recent past.

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  • on November 2, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    This is absolutely wonderful to hear... these are all time greats, and recognized as the some of the most upright and dignified cricketers to have ever played the game. One of the better pieces of news I've heard for Indian cricket in the recent past.

  • on November 2, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    Awesome ! :) Its the best that could've happend to cricket administration in karnataka :)

  • Kar_cric_fan on November 2, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    Wonderful wonderful news. People with such high ethical standards, known for their hard work and dedication to the sport for so many years are foraying in administration. This augurs well for cricket in Karnataka and hopefully they'l consider an active role in BCCI as well. Good luck chaps!

  • on November 2, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    If there was anything that BCCI did good over the year was to have Kumble as Chairman of NCA. Currently it is used at rehabilitation abode for most cricketers who get injured in the middle of season. I have always believed that Ojha needs Kumble to talk to him and so does Manish Pandey need a long stand with Dravid. These cricketers are institutions in themselves and Srinath and Venky coming over to help just adds that bit more credibility to Karnataka Cricket. One knows how much pressure Kumble and his mates put on themselves to perform and how they have worked hard over the past 15 years to bring Indian Cricket to a stage where they are. The youngsters of this association must be the luckiest lot ever to have guidance from four of the best cricketers the State has ever produced. Initiative taken by these men must inspire cricketers from other boards to kick out politicians and middle men from the District Associations and alike. Amen.

  • on November 2, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    Its just music to the ears.. So many cricketers who seem to have all the administrative capabilities and arguably the best brains around, are coming into administration.. Karnataka's board already had a good number of cricketers in the ranks and it is getting only better.. The state has begun a rich tradition.. I m very happy that these cricketers are into administration especially because they have always openly acknowledged test cricket as their favourite version of the game!!

  • indianxpres on November 2, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    it's good to see Kumble,dravid,srinath and prasad contesting KSCA elections. KSCA can get a new look with four from new generation. i am sure these four will do better for KSCA.. people from political background should not be in KSCA. they will try to loot here also

  • Farce-Follower on November 2, 2010, 14:58 GMT

    Great news...I am sure legends like Kumble and Srinath will help unearth talent from rural Karnataka and develop infrastructure in places like Mysore, Hubli, Davangere or Mangalore. Let's hope they continue to get Test Match cricket to one of the greatest centres - Chinnaswamy in Bangalore.

  • on November 2, 2010, 15:01 GMT

    Excellent news! Hope they will bring much needed professionalism to Cricket administration...

  • on November 2, 2010, 15:16 GMT

    Good for Karnataka cricket and I wish the Indian cricket (BCCI) also follows suit by making good cricketers, its office bearers and not let these politicians run the show and making the headlines for all wrong reasons and bringing disrepute to this beautiful game of cricket

  • on November 2, 2010, 15:29 GMT

    wow once this is done i bet karnataka would produce some fine cricketers cos all 4 r legends in their own ways.....esp dravid and kumble ....so it's a gr8 step towards cricket if u see...:)