We will strive to develop cricket: Wodeyar
Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wodeyar and Brijesh Patel, contesting for the posts of president and secretary respectively in the upcoming Karnataka State Cricket Association elections on December 1, stressed on the theme of development on Saturday, promising to safeguard the interest of public, players, members and clubs.
“Brijesh and I have joined hands. I will stand for president, Brijesh for secretary, Sudhakar Rao, Ashok Anand and Sanjay Desai for vice-presidents and Dayananda Pai for treasurer. We will put in our best efforts for the development of the game. The present incumbents have chopped and changed a few tournaments and we will restore all that,” said Wodeyar, former president of the KSCA, during a press meet at the Bangalore Palace here.
The announcement also marked a turnaround in the Patel-Wodeyar equation as they contested in opposing panels in the polls held in 2007. The current regime headed by Anil Kumble and Javagal Srinath had already made it clear that they would not contest the elections.
Patel, who was the secretary of KSCA from 1998 to 2010, said his team would strive to bring the Karnataka Premier League to life. “As the president-candidate Wodeyar said, we will do our best to revive the Karnataka Premier League that gave an opportunity for many aspiring cricketers. We will also improve our Chinnaswamy Stadium and try and make it the best in India though we have limitations of land. But yes it is a continuous process of enhancing the stadium,” Patel said.
On his earlier rivalry with Wodeyar, Patel said: “We were contesting elections then and things happen but we have worked together and everything is fine.”
Wodeyar echoed similar sentiments. “There were no bitter contests back then, and when we did contest in the elections, the mandate was that `we should work together,’ which we did.”
Patel also hoped the registrar of societies will oversee the elections, and welcomed any help from Kumble, Srinath and Dravid. “Everybody is welcome. They have a passion for promoting Karnataka cricket and if they are willing to offer their services, they are welcome.” Dayanand Pai, the candidate for the treasurer post from the panel of Wodeyar, emphasised on the need for transparency in the administrative procedures.