'It is good to be transparent'

Perfect gentleman

'It is good to be transparent'

Humble: Javagal Srinath with wife Madhavi. DH photo by Kishor Kumar BolarSrinath at present is the secretary of Karnataka State Cricket Association. In a chat with Metrolife, Srinath shares his thoughts on cricket and life off field.

When asked how it was contesting the election, he says that it was a healthy competition. “As the result was on our side, I was really happy. At the same time, we have many challenges in front of us,” says Srinath, who is also working as a match referee.

As the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 is nearing, the association is busy in preparations. Four World Cup matches are scheduled in Bangalore. “As of now, World Cup is our priority. We are working on the lines of developing the infrastructure and upgrading the facilities in Chinnaswamy Stadium,” he explains. About the IPL bidding which was held recently in the City, he says, “Though a lot of money is there in this form of the game, I would like to clear that IPL is not about money. It is a new format which is trying to establish itself.

The mixing of players, irrespective of their states, is a good move. I think it will help in rooting out regionalism.” Now that he is not into active cricket, does he have time to pursue his hobbies? The soft spoken gentleman says that he finds pleasure in reading books.
“Rather than watching movies, I love reading books whether it is fiction or non-fiction.

Recently, I finished India Unbound by Gurucharan Das. The book has nicely portrayed the transformation of India in the last 50 years,” he appreciates. He also likes to spend time with his family.

Srinath is one such player whose cricketing career remains unblemished till today. “I trust media. I don’t want to hide anything from them. It is good to be transparent in work and words,” he quips.

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