Kumble and Srinath not to seek KSCA re-election

'We will continue to work on development and promotion from the outside.'

BANGALORE: Karnataka State Cricket Association president Anil Kumble and secretary Javagal Srinath announced on Friday that they will not be seeking re-election in the forthcoming elections of the state body.

Kumble, a former India captain, told reporters here that the association needs fresh ideas. "You can't achieve everything in 3 years. But you need fresh ideas as well," he said.

"We thought that everybody should get a chance to have a say in developing and promoting this great game in our state. We don't need a position on the association to do what we have to do."

The occasion was also marked by Kumble releasing a three-year report, in the form of a glossy coffee-table book, on the association's performance.

"It's tough to have a quarterly review report. But I hope this sets a precedent in self-assessment of the committee."

KSCA secretary and former India pacer Srinath said the Kumble-led team only wanted to be in office for one term, adding that their aims for their tenure was promotion and development of the game.

"We ask ourselves, have we done enough for kids playing cricket. Our aims were promotion and development of the game. We came here with optimism, and we are optimistic the next committee, whoever they are, will take things forward,” Srinath said.

Alluding to the recent India 'A' vs West Indies 'A' series, Srinath said that KSCA had been asked to host the entire series.

"Kids in Mysore would be inspired after watching Cheteshwar Pujara bat and the same holds true for the ones who watch Zaheer Khan bowl in Shimoga."

"It is testimony to our work that the BCCI requested us to hold the entire India 'A' vs West Indies 'A' series, when mostly such series are conducted across the country."

Both Kumble and Srinath said their focus had been on developing grassroots cricket and developing the game across Karnataka during their tenure.

Kumble and Srinath were elected to the posts in November 2010 after their group swept aside the challenge led by then president, Srikanta Datta Narasimharaja Wadiyar, winning 22 of the 24 seats up for grabs. Former India pacer Venkatesh Prasad was also elected to one of the three vice-president posts. The other two vice-presidents - former India seamer Roger Binny and industrialist Sadanand Mayya - are also from Kumble's group.

Soon after his election as KSCA president, Kumble had said: "Our idea is to make the KSCA a model association. The challenge is to ensure that we deliver. We'd like to include all the members' inputs."