Bengaluru: The Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) election will be held in Bengaluru on October 3 and a panel of members led by Captain MM Harish said they, under the name of “Swachh Cricket”, will end “bad and tyrannical” administration of the current committee.

Harish, at a press conference on Monday (September 30), accused the current KSCA administration of not taking any action on the corruption in the Karnataka Premier League (KPL).

He also said that the current committee had misused the funds meant for cricket development. He added that if he and his panel of members are voted to power they will provide clean administration.

“The dawn of Dussehra marks the victory of good over bad. We hope the same will bring an end to bad and tyrannical KSCA administration and pave the way for more sensitive, transparent and vibrant cricket management in the days to come,” Harish, who is contesting for the president’s post, said.

He also accused the current office bearers of denying them access to members list. “Due to paucity of time and denied the members list with phone and email contacts by the present KSCA management committee, we are constrained to reach you with text messages, WhatsApp chat and telephonic calls. Please bear with us for next couple of days.”

“With regret and pain we bring the following for your kind consideration. The Karnataka Premier League tournament held in memory of our beloved His Highness Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wodeyar, has become a play field for betting syndicate, match-fixing agents.

“No action whatever is initiated by KSCA management. Sri Joseph Hoover had written about ongoing misdeeds in KPL tournament way back in the year 2015 itself. The KSCA management instead of nipping match-fixing in the bud, allowed it to grow leaps and bounds. This has brought disrepute to the game of cricket in general and KSCA in particulars. 

“Apart from KPL there is a serious mismanagement of funds for setting up of club houses, which an interim committee is not supposed to spend. Regarding selections it is less said the better. League cricket has become monotonous and uninteresting. There is urgent need to revive club cricket with specific and special focus on zonal cricket,” he added.

Former cricket journalist Joseph Hoover, who is contesting for the post of vice-president, said Karnataka players were being deprived of opportunities due to the current selection panels supporting outsiders. He also accused the selectors of taking money to pick players in various age group teams.

From the other group, 1983 World Cup winning all-rounder Roger Binny is in the fray, contesting for president’s position.