India news November 10, 2010

Kumble to take on Maharaja in KSCA elections

ESPNcricinfo staff

For the second time in three years, a Maharaja will take on one of India's most celebrated cricketers in an election to take charge of a state cricket association. The final nominations for the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) polls, to be held on November 21, are in and its incumbent president, Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, the Maharaja of Mysore, will seek re-election against Anil Kumble, India's highest wicket-taker and former captain.

Three years ago, Wadiyar made a triumphant entry into cricket administration defeating G R Viswanath for the position of president. This is Kumble's first entry into the electoral process connected with cricket adminstration, and he will be conesting with his former India and Karnataka teammates Javagal Srinath and Venkatesh Prasad on his side.

Srinath is running for the secretary's post against A V Jayaprakash, the former Test umpire, who happened to be on the field during Kumble's 10-74 versus Pakistan in 1999, and Siddalingaswamy. Prasad is a nominee for one of three vice-president's posts and he is up against umpire Jayaprakash and five others from what is called the "Maharaja Group".

Many a heavyweight from politics and business, and several former cricketers, can be found in the list of 82 nominees for the KSCA elections.

Amongst the vice-presidential candidates alongside Prasad are former India allrounder Roger Binny, and a long time KSCA member P Sadananda Maiya. Maiya belongs to the famous MTR Group business family and is a PhD in nanotechnology who worked alongside Sharad Pawar in the agricultural ministry. M R Srinivasa Prasad, former Karnataka batsman and now vice-president at Fidelity Business Systems, will be contesting for one of the posts on the managing committee.

Along with the scion of the Mysore royal family, the 'Maharaja's' men in the mix feature Rajya Sabha MP and Bellary mine owner Anil Lad, who is in for one of the six managing committee seats from the district clubs, and Panduranga Shetty, who heads the trust that runs the RV Group of Educational Institutions. Shetty is up against Prasad and Binny in the contest for vice president.

There are 24 posts up to be contested: one each for president, secretary and treasurer, three vice-presidents and 18 managing committee members (six each from individual members, Bangalore clubs and district clubs). In all, KSCA has 229 clubs and 1200 individual members who can cast votes in the election. Those elected serve three-year terms.

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  • Vinayak on November 12, 2010, 7:50 GMT

    Its going to be very difficult for Kumble..Its one thing to lead a cricket team, and KSCA is a completely different ball game where u have contenders with political affiliations who see only their own profits against the interest of the game..

  • Shantanu on November 11, 2010, 13:45 GMT

    Bravo Kumble. You were a good captain and would have bright ideas for Karnataka & Indian cricket.

  • Mathew on November 11, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    To all those who have the right to vote in the upcoming KSCA elections, please vote for Kumble, Prasad and Binny. You have already given a chance to Mr Wodeyar and co. Your state has produced a big proportion of great cricketers especially before cricket became such a money spinner. And those sons of karnataka have done the country proud in what they have done for the game. They have acquired a lot of experience in their playing the game and seen many things done differently and sometimes managed better in their tours to other cricket playing countries. They are now attempting to bring that experience into cricket in karnataka and India and make a difference to the game in our country. Please give them a chance to improve the administration of the game in our country and thereby take the game to greater heights. It is important that people with a love for the game and the primary interest of the health of cricket in their hearts be given a chance to make a difference. Vote for Kumble.

  • Dummy4 on November 11, 2010, 12:10 GMT

    What Kundan said is right. Though most of the cricket lovers in India know that Kumble is undoubtedly the right and the better choice for the post, he has to win the election to prove the cricitcs wrong. He is a real fighter and I wish the trio all the best. Prasanna kumar

  • Raks on November 11, 2010, 10:42 GMT

    Get rid of the stupid royalties...what a joke in this age.

  • Dummy4 on November 11, 2010, 9:06 GMT

    to all those who are saying Maharaja should withdraw, I will just say if Kumble is indeed a brilliant man manager capable of the job, then let him prove it by defeating the Maharaja...coz winning the elections is just a start....he will have a whole lot of stuff to do after elections which he will be capable of only if he wins the cant give him KSCA on a platter because he is a legendary player....he has already got a lot of applause and awards for that....If he wants to be a KSCA president, he should sweat it out to prove his worth in this field.....and if he wins, it will be a defining moment not only for KSCA but also for BCCI....

  • Dummy4 on November 11, 2010, 9:03 GMT

    Hello Everyone who is going to vote in the forthcoming elections for KSCA--Cricket is a religion in India - do not forget that-so when you vote Please think who can do better in this position and undoubtedly it will be the people who have contributed for the game and Kumble is top in that category.So pls do not think twice in electing him and also javagal and prasad.These three cricketers religion is CRICKET. I hope when you vote you realise this.Thank you

  • ramachandra on November 11, 2010, 5:14 GMT

    Feel it would be difficult for Kumble. But even if he wins, it would be doubly difficult to carry out what he wishes. I am kind of not so optimistic about Kumble suddenly cleaning all the stuff. Kumble also kind of belongs to the system according to me. Frankly, I mean he is no saint either.

  • P Subramani on November 11, 2010, 4:44 GMT

    I do not know what the Maharaja wants to prove by standing for President of KSCA at the forthcoming elections. He should withdraw because his opponent is the legendary Anil Kumble who will do any job assigned to him with passion and dedication.Anil is not just a cricketer. He is an educated man who has the desired level of man management and administration skills that are needed to run the KSCA effectively. In fact cricket administration in every state needs people like Anil Kumble who despite their committment to their jobs are not partisan or self-serving in their approach. Sri Kanta Datta Wadiyar has had a long enough reign as President. I wish he would retire now and let Anil hold this office.

  • Harish on November 11, 2010, 3:39 GMT

    All the best Jumbo and are up against some of the most wealthiest (and some dubious) persons in Karnataka. Hope the members vote after listening to their conscience. But anything can happen in (Kar)Nataka these days.

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