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The USA Cricket Association announced the results of the South West and North West Regional elections for Regional Representative positions.
Pic (Right): Madhukar "Mark" Sood will represent the South West Region.
Madhukar “Mark” Sood has been elected unopposed as the South West Region’s Representative. Mark Sood served as the vice president of the Southern California Cricket Association (SCCA) for 8 years and was president of SCCA for two years. Mr. Sood is a member of the Ventura Cricket Club in Los Angeles.
Ajay Athavale, President of California Cricket Association (CCA), was elected to represent the North West Region. Mr. Athavale has been closely involved with youth cricket in the San Francisco Bay Area for some years now.
Besides his involvement with the CCA, Mr. Athavale played a key role in conducting the area's Inter School tournament in 2008 and is active in outreach efforts in his region.
Pic (Right): Ajay Athavale is the new NW Region representative
USACA also apointed Michael Gale and Rafey Syed as interim vice presidents. Michael Gale is the new interim First VP, a vacancy caused by the departure of Nabeel Ahmed. Mr. Ahmed resigned from the board in November of 2010 citing 'disappointment with Dainty's leadership.'
Mr. Gale, who is a member of the Hill Country Cricket Association, is well known for his sponsorship of cricket and his involvement with the Inter-city tournament in Texas and in youth cricket activities in Central Texas.
Pic (Right): Michael Gale was appointed interim First VP.
Rafey Syed replaced Manaf Mohamed who vacated his position as 2nd VP to become USACA's General Manager. Mr. Syed is the Secretary of the Central East Region where he was associated with the American Cricket Conference.
Mr. Syed was also part of the management of the team from the Central East Region that participated in Moin-ud-dowlah Tournament in Hyderabad.
Pic (Right): Rafey Syed is the newly appointed interim 2nd VP.
USACA reported that both Mr. Gale and Mr. Syed expect to seek reelection once their terms end. This should result in a keen contest for the position of First VP. In separate interviews with ESPNCricinfo, Ganesh Sanap and Hemant Buch expressed their intention to run for the position of First VP.
[Pictures courtesy of Travel Talk Radio, Ajay Athavale, USACA.org]