India news October 18, 2013

Kumble regime not to contest KSCA elections


Anil Kumble, the former India captain and current president of the Karnataka State Cricket Associaton (KSCA) has announced that his administration, which includes former India team-mate Javagal Srinath, will not contest the upcoming KSCA elections. Kumble and Srinath, the association's secretary, came to power in November 2010, when they beat Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, the former maharaja of Mysore.

During Kumble's tenure, the KSCA was the only major state association in the country run by former cricketers. The other players on the committee include former India seamers Roger Binny and Venkatesh Prasad, who hold the posts of vice-president. Kumble said that the expectations on former cricketers taking to administration is always greater than administrators from non-cricketing backgrounds.

At a press conference held at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, in the presence of Srinath and Rahul Dravid, a KSCA committee member, Kumble said one of the biggest achievements of his team had been to spread the game and quality facilities to cities and towns outside Bangalore. He added that they hoped their programmes would serve as a template for future administration.

A book citing proof of the work done by his administration was also distributed. His team's reason for not contesting the forthcoming elections was to ensure that a state association must be "constantly evolving" to "accommodate fresh ideas, dependable processes and systems."

Kumble and Srinath stated that the expansion of the game to cities and towns outside Bangalore was also a major achievement. In the last three years, Mysore, Hubli and Shimoga have hosted Ranji Trophy and India-A matches. The three venues hosted matches between India A and West Indies A over the last month and, according to Kumble, grounds in Belgaum and Raichur would soon be ready to host Ranji matches in the upcoming season.

Kumble said that hosting matches featuring the West Indies A squad was "just the beginning" and had been done by giving "support and leadership" to zonal level convenors from the Bangalore headquarters. The expansion of the game across the state, he added, was an ongoing process he hoped the next administration would take forward.

Srinath stressed that the expansion of the game at the "grassroots" had been part of the KSCA's main objective to "give a youngster in a small town facilities on par with that of Bangalore", something which could only be done by maintaining "consistency" in the quality of nets, pitches and outfields across the state. Srinath added that the BCCI's decision to hand over the entire West Indies A series to Karnataka was recognition of the progress made in the state.

"The norm is to organise games across the country but the BCCI acknowledged that we have good facilities here," Srinath said. "That's a testament to our work and it gives us immense satisfaction. When you see the likes of Sehwag and Zaheer playing in Hubli, that is what you want. That should inspire at least 20-25 youngsters to take up the game. That can only come if you take the game to the districts."

He also stated that the KSCA had made itself financially independent for the next 10 years: "We have enough resources for the next ten years. If the BCCI stops paying us from tomorrow, we have enough funds through our fixed deposits and the interest accrued from that."

Srinath highlighted areas where former cricketers could make a difference. "Have we done justice to the kids who are the real stakeholders of this game? Have we provided them with the facilities and opportunities? Coming from a cricketing background, we knew exactly where that had to be stemmed," he said.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on October 21, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    I think Kumble is right that the association requires good bunch of ideas and not a single person sicking to the position for ages like Dalmiya, Sharad pawar, etc., However he needs to make sure that his troop appoint a clear successor group and some of his team members remain in the team. Not dismantle the entire team...

  • Dummy4 on October 19, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    Great to know of the good work done by Kumble and his team. Surely, those are giant strides. However, a lot more could have been done. The ticketing system at the Chinnaswamy for one. The counters stop selling tickets well in advance. However, you'll find touts at the counters who purchase tickets beforehand and sell them at exorbitant rates. The cops around turn a blind eye. It's an unholy nexus and the fans have to suffer. Secondly, I'm told by young aspirants that the selection process for the state team requires transparency, like a point system. Barring the few exceptionally talented youngsters who select themselves, the rest are never sure of the criteria.

  • Sameer on October 19, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    I am sorry to see them go bit I wished they had not supported Srinivasan's election

  • Dummy4 on October 19, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    Was looking into the comments and din find the one I was looking for. Jumbo said after winning the last elections that his team will work for the term and will not contest elections next time. Jumbo kept his word. Check the papers on that post victory day (U jus need 2 Google). Jumbo, well done. U kept U r words. But, my request is U retract that for the benefit of Karnataka cricket and India's, as well.

  • moidu on October 19, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    ITS VERY PAINFUL TO KNOW THAT OUR GOOD CRICKETERS NOT SUCCESSFUL FOR LONG TIME ADMINISTRATORS, WHEN A SHARADPAWAR OR DALMIYA CAN RUN THE SHOW FR 10- 20 YRS WHY CANT A KUMBLE OR VEGSARKAR CAN NOT???,our players must understand that they must be ready fr ups AND downs ALSO. THESE kumbles must not run away from this, they must contest the elections, even if they fail they must struggle with in the show then win again, then only we will get good administrators HOPE GOOD PEOPLE WILL WIN,

  • Dummy4 on October 19, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    Time for Anil Kumble & Co to move to the BCCI head quarters! India's greatest matchwinner's capabilities should not be limited to serving Karnataka cricket alone.

  • sid on October 18, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    Good job Anil/Sri/Venky/Roger/Rahul. I wish you guys had contested elections again. Now who knows who might come to power? and what they might do with the KSCA finances? KSCA may not stay financially independent for the next 10 years under some crooks who might get elected through money/political power. They might not continue your good work. Very sad that you are leaving the KSCA administration.

  • Dummy4 on October 18, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    Beyond the well-crafted rhetoric, which we Indians have learned to ignore, the real reason could be more pressing business commitments elsewhere (don't we all remember his move to Mumbai Indians for better future for his Tenvic Talent Management Firm?) and controversy over his potential conflict interest in continuing as an administrator and businessman (Tenvic manages several young players who had been part of India squads).

  • Vaidyanathan on October 18, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    Slightly disagree. Looking around, we can see the kind of people running other cricket associations. KSCA, unlike other associations has mostly been an old boys club which has served it well all these years. But times are changing. Knowing Bangalore's economic topology, it might just pave the way for real-estate tycoons or politicians to get a toehold now. They could've swapped roles, getting Sri to be the president and Anil becoming the secretary etc.

  • sam on October 18, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    As a Bangalorean I am proud of my favourite cricketer, Anil Kumble. I have always thought after Imran Khan (my second most favourite cricketer) he is the most inspirational cricketer from the sub-continent.

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