29th October 2022
Prasanna, Geetha elected as ACA representatives for Indian Cricketers’ Association
Hyderabad: P Prasanna Kumar and Nalabollu Geetha of Andhra Cricket Association (ACA) have been elected as the male and female ICA representative nominee to the Apex Body of the Indian Cricketers’ Association (ICA), on Saturday.
Prasanna Kumar defeated Dasari Oscar Vinodh Kumar while Nalabollu Geetha beat Perumal Karthikeyan Neelavathi. Former India captains Dilip Vengsarkar and Shubhangi Kulkarni were elected to represent Indian Cricketers’ Association (ICA) on the BCCI Apex Council.
While Kulkarni was elected unopposed as the female ICA representative on the BCCI Apex Council, Vengsarkar defeated outgoing ICA president and former India cricketer Ashok Malhotra. In e-voting held over three days, Vengsarkar received 402 votes compared to Malhotra’s 230. Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy were the first ever ICA representatives in the BCCI with their tenure lasting from October 2019 to October 2022. The Lodha reforms led to the inclusion of ICA representatives on the BCCI Apex Council.
Former India spinner Pragyan Ojha retained his place on the IPL Governing Council. He beat Vijay Mohan Raj by 396 to 234 votes. Vengsarkar, 66, has administrative experience as he has served as the director of the National Cricket Academy and was also a chief selector of the national team.
Kulkarni served as secretary of the Women’s Cricket Association of India before women’s cricket was brought under the BCCI umbrella in 2006. Kulkarani’s predecessor and former India captain Rangaswamy welcomed her inclusion on the BCCI Apex Council.
“She is one of the best administrators we have seen in women’s cricket. She played a key role in getting women’s cricket into the BCCI fold. I am sure she will do a fine job in her new role,” said Rangaswamy. Outgoing male representative Gaekwad was elected unopposed as the ICA president.
Rangaswamy and Yajurvindra Singh were elected as two ICA member representatives and will serve as directors on the ICA board. Hitesh Majumdar and V Krishnaswamy were elected ICA secretary and treasurer respectively.