The Karnataka Trio pulled off a hat trick, but this time not on the cricket pitch although it is for the betterment of the game.
Anil Kumble was elected to the post of the Karnataka State Cricket Association ( KSCA ) president with Javagal Srinath and Venkatesh Prasad constituting part of his administrative team.
Srinath will take over as secretary from former umpire Jayaprakash while Prasad will be one of the vice presidents in the team. Kumble beat Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, of the Mysore royal family, by a small margin of forty-three votes to win the elections whose counting went past midnight on Sunday.
It sees the foray of a large contingent of cricketers, contemporaries, into the administrative corridors, along with Roger Binny who has already been part of the set up. It marks a departure from the norm where politicians hold key positions in sports faculties with the cricketers usually reluctant to step into the dirty world of politics.
However, Kumble hopes to change the image of the cricket administration and wants to bring about great transparency, elimination of bias, and a more ethical way of running the sport. And he has his Karnataka team mates to fall back on.
The decision would have please Rahul Dravid, who is in the present Indian Test team that is dominating the world rankings, who has vocally backed his former teammates’ ambitions in the sport.
While the Karnataka state may have been made politically unstable over the fiasco surrounding Yeddyruppa as the Karnataka chief minister, there seem to be no such troubles for KSCA presently.