Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar and Brijesh Patel formally took charge as president and secretary of the Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) here on Wednesday.
The two were voted into power with a landslide victory in Sunday’s elections, when all 24 posts went the way of their group.
Following a simple religious ceremony in the afternoon, Wadiyar and Patel returned to offices they last occupied in 2010.
The statements from the victors in the immediate aftermath of the elections had centred on satisfying the members of the KSCA and reviving dormant tournaments. There was more on the same theme on Wednesday. “We need to restore the status and respect of the members,” Wadiyar said. “We also need to give club cricket its due importance; there is a plan to have insurance for those players. We will revive tournaments like the KPL, the under-14 league and the Diamond Jubilee (which is now the Safi Darashah Trophy with four-day games) — things will go back to the way they were before 2010.”
Patel, secretary from 1998 to 2010, admitted that the previous committee had developed infrastructure. “But it’s a work in progress,” he said. “We have to continue and try and expand that. We had taken land in most of the places and they (previous committee) have also developed the land. Our target is to have a facility in each and every district of Karnataka.”
A managing committee meeting was scheduled for Thursday where everything would be reviewed, Patel said.
But he also reiterated that the performance of the State teams in national tournaments was a priority. “The performance of the under-19 team has been very poor. The Ranji Trophy team has also been struggling. We need to look at that immediately.”