Former India captain Anil Kumble and former India fast bowler Javagal Srinath romped home to a thumping victory in Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) polls held on Sunday. At 40 and 39 respectively, Kumble and Srinath are the youngest president and secretary of the state cricket association. The Kumble group wiped out the prospects of their rivals, headed by the former Maharaja of Mysore, Srikantadatta Wodeyar.
Kumble beat outgoing KSCA president and scion of the Mysore royal family, Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, by 43 votes in a tough fight for the president’s post, Srinath had an easy outing as he beat former ICC panel umpire AV Jayaprakash by a huge margin of 245 votes to become secretary. A total of 1,080 votes were polled out of the 1,489 voters.
All 12 members of Team Kumble won. Former Indian players Venkatesh Prasad and Roger Binny, who were also part of Kumble’s team, were elected vice-presidents along with Sadanand Mayya. Vijay Bharadwaj and Sujith Somasunder were elected to the managing committee. Tallam Venkatesh retained his position as the treasurer.
Kumble & Co have won 22 out of the 24 managing committee seats.
Kumble also had the support of Vijay Mallya, owner of IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore, and outgoing secretary of KSCA, Brijesh Patel.