ICA elections: Shantha Rangaswamy set to be part of BCCI apex council; main battle between Kirti Azad and Anshuman Gaekwad

Former India captain Shantha Rangaswamy is set to become a part of the all-powerful BCCI apex council as she is in line to be elected unopposed to the Indian Cricketers' Association (ICA) to be constituted following polls starting on Friday.

Press Trust of India, Oct 10, 2019 16:56:58 IST

Former India captain Shantha Rangaswamy is set to become a part of the all-powerful BCCI apex council as she is in line to be elected unopposed to the Indian Cricketers' Association (ICA) to be constituted following polls starting on Friday.

In the final list of nominated candidates, Rangaswamy is the sole candidate for being the ICA representative nominee to the nine-member BCCI apex council which was recommended by the Supreme Court-appointed Justice RM Lodha panel.

ICA elections: Shantha Rangaswamy set to be part of BCCI apex council; main battle between Kirti Azad and Anshuman Gaekwad

Shanta Rangaswamy. Image courtesy: Facebook/@IndiaWomensCricketTeam

With the ICA president and its representative nominee to the IPL Governing Council set to be elected unopposed, the main fight during the three-day election will be between former cricketers Kirti Azad and Anshuman Gaekwad to become the male representative nominee to the BCCI Apex Council.

The third former cricketer in the fray is Saurashtra's Rakesh Dhruve.

Ashok Malhotra and Surender Khanna are set to be elected unopposed as ICA president and representative nominee to IPL governing council respectively.

As many as 1267 ICA members are eligible to vote in the online elections, the result of which will be known on Tuesday.

The ICA, which gives players an official voice for the first time, came into being after the Lodha panel-recommended reforms in Indian cricket. The unsuccessful attempts to form a players' association were made in 1976 and 2001.

Rangaswamy, who played the game when women's cricket was neglected and not recognised by the BCCI, said female representation in the country's cricket board is a giant leap for the sport.

"A female voice in the BCCI was unthinkable not so long ago. It is a massive step forward for women's cricket. Thanks to Lodha reforms which made it possible to storm the male bastion," the 65-year-old, who was the first woman to lead an Indian cricket team, told PTI.

Rangaswamy is also the first woman recipient of BCCI's lifetime achievement award and it was under her captaincy that India won a Test series for the first time.

Her presence in the apex council means that BCCI will continue to have a powerful female representative with another former captain Diana Edulji being part of the Committee of Administrators (CoA) running Indian cricket since January 2017.

The CoA will demit office after the BCCI elections, scheduled for October 23.

Rangaswamy will be elected unopposed but there will be elections for the posts of ICA secretary and treasurer.

Ashu Dani and Hitesh Majumdar are running for the secretary's post while Kishore Kumar and V Krishnaswamy will fight to become the treasurer.

Updated Date: Oct 10, 2019 16:56:58 IST






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