India news November 3, 2010

Kumble keen to take Karnataka to the top


Anil Kumble, the former India captain, has stressed on the importance of retired players getting involved in the administration of the game and has pledged his time and commitment to improving cricket in Karnataka. Kumble was speaking at the Karnataka State Cricket Association's office in Bangalore, where he formally announced his decision to stand for the post of association president in the elections on November 21.

Former India fast bowler Javagal Srinath, who was also present, will contest the secretary's post held for the past 12 years by former Indian batsman Brijesh Patel. The third member of that bowling attack from the 1990s, Venkatesh Prasad, will stand for a vice-president's post. Their effort is being backed by Patel, who said cricketers were "the right people to take any association forward."

One of the first decisions of Patel's administration in 1998 was to give cricketers membership in the association, and Kumble said Karnataka had led the way in this regard. "I retired two years ago and was keen to get involved in the association," he said. "I thought this was the best time for the cricketers of our generation to get involved.

"We'd like to put our vision in place and ensure Karnataka cricket really grows. We hope that Karnataka, as a team, goes on to be No. 1 in India, and that many more Karnataka players go on to represent the country.

"There's a lot to be done at the grassroots - from structuring schools cricket, club cricket and reaching out to all parts of Karnataka. That will be the challenge. We'd like to ensure that the paying public, who come and watch the game, have a wonderful time watching any form of cricket. We thought this was the right time to get into the KSCA."

When asked whether they would have enough time to take on these significant responsibilities, given that Kumble is also chairman of the National Cricket Academy and Srinath an ICC match referee, Kumble said he wouldn't have contemplated standing for elections if he wasn't committed.

"If I didn't have the time, I wouldn't be sitting here," he said. "The priority is cricket, whether it is the NCA, the KSCA - they are on the same campus. It's been a big decision but I've taken that decision for the good of cricket."

Rahul Dravid, who is still playing Tests for India, will not stand in the elections but Kumble said he would be part of the administration committee because of his association with Bangalore United Cricket Club (BUCC). "To get into mainstream cricket administration, you have to retire. Rahul is still playing for the Indian team. I'm hopeful he will come in and play an important role in being part of the committee, from the BUCC."

Kumble's electoral opponent is likely to be the incumbent president, Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, if he chooses to stand for re-election. Kumble, though, refused to label the polls a contest between cricketers and others. "This is not a political system," he said. "The 24 members are there to support and improve Karnataka cricket. It's not that cricketers are on one side and the others are on the other side. There are no groups. It's about ensuring Karnataka cricket grows. If that is focus of everyone, then I don't think there's a problem in working together."

George Binoy is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • K G on November 9, 2010, 23:48 GMT

    I wonder why should there be elections for such an important position. Anil is the natural choice. How on earth can Wodeyar contest? Gosh! I will be distraught if Wodeyar wins. BCCI made a remarkable move by naming Anil as the NCA chairman. I hope KSCA will just hand-pick Anil for this post.

  • Dummy4 on November 4, 2010, 20:32 GMT

    Indian Cricket is run by administrators where former cricketers want to earn money which they missed in their playing days,,, I hope this is not with this generation where they have earned enough and now they want to serve the cause,, the INDIAN CRICKET,,, I salute them if they have the same cause,,, let's welcome them bros,,, WELCOME Anil.Srinath and Venkatesh,, we are waiting for Saurav , Rahul and Scahin

  • Dummy4 on November 4, 2010, 15:45 GMT

    As many people said kumble should be chosen unanimously .He is the right person for this job.I really feel BCCI president should be former International cricketer .All the best Legend

  • Himannshu on November 4, 2010, 15:34 GMT

    Lucky KSCA. Hope to same happening at all sport associations

  • Prakash on November 4, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    Very good decision to join KSCA. He should show full dedication in improving the game. Even Hyderabad Association is comprising of all good players in their era, see the latest Ranji result. If he is on his enroute to BCCI/ICC, then we will have to wait and see the progress of KSCA.

  • Dummy4 on November 4, 2010, 11:13 GMT

    It is a shame if the Maharaja were to contest against Kumble. Kumble should be given the honour of unianimous selection and he does not deserve to contest. His decision to take the responsibility is big enough that we should welcome him with no one contesting against him.

  • Dummy4 on November 4, 2010, 10:30 GMT

    Kumble can do best in all sorts of walks. He was a great player and then captain. Now dual roles of NCA and KSCA will be cake walk for him. I think he is getting into right path, where he can reach to ICC top job finally! All the best Kumble, Srinath and Prasad!!

    Make Karnataka No 1 team! :-)

  • Anirban on November 4, 2010, 9:10 GMT

    Congratulations to Anil Kumble and his team!!! I sincerely hope that they win this election of KSCA...Indian cricket needs men like him to guide the sport towards greater heights...wish you all the best!

  • Vikas on November 4, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    Bravo Anil. You have been a true servant of Cricket in India. Hats off brother, and break a leg!

  • Arvind on November 4, 2010, 1:02 GMT

    Wonder if there will come a time when cricket board elections will become public elections... Crazy, but who knows...

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