Shantha Rangaswamy to stand in ICA election

Shanta Rangaswamy has filed her nomination and will contest for the post of Female ICA Representative Nominee to the BCCI Apex Council.

Shantha Rangaswamy will have to resign from her position at the KSCA if she is elected to the BCCI apex council as she may not hold both posts at the same time.   -  K. Murali Kumar

A couple of days after being elected as a Managing Committee member of the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA), former India women's team captain, Shantha Rangaswamy, has filed her nomination for the Indian Cricketers' Association election (ICA), and is contesting for the post of Female ICA Representative Nominee to the BCCI Apex Council.

"I felt if I can make it to the apex council, we can do a lot more for the players, especially the women cricketers. That's the reason behind filing the nomination," Rangaswamy told Sportstar late on Friday.

"It is a good idea to have a player representative in the BCCI as various concerns of the player can be addressed in a better way," she said. "The welfare of the players and the game, the technical aspect can be taken care if the players representatives are on the board," she added.

Rangaswamy, however, will have to resign from her position at the KSCA if she is elected to the BCCI apex council as she may not hold both posts at the same time.

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"Personally, I will be a bit sad if I have to leave the KSCA as it is my state association. But I thought of trying at the apex council so that we can do more for the game," she said.

Last week, Rangaswamy resigned from the Cricket Advisory Committee and as the director of the ICA last week — hours after being served a Conflict of Interest notice by BCCI’s Ethics Officer, Justice (Retired) D.K. Jain.

The Conflict of Interest charges were  levelled by Sanjeev Gupta, a life member of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association, citing that the trio — Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Rangaswamy -- stands conflicted under Lodha Committee's recommendation of one person, one post. 

“For a committee that meets once in two or three years, if that’s being treated as conflict of interest then there’s no worth being in it. That’s the main reason behind resigning,” Rangaswamy had said then.

The online voting process for the apex council in the ICA will be held on October 11-13, while the results will be declared by 12pm on October 15. The ICA Board meeting will be held on October 16.