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USA Cricket: ACF concludes first election. Three women among fifteen elected representatives.
by DreamCricket USA
Dec 10, 2013

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The American Cricket Federation (ACF) today announced the results of elections for its Board of Directors (BoDs) and its Advisory and Judiciary (A&J) Committee. Electronic balloting closed at 11:55 PM on December 7.

Six separate ballots for different classes of members under the ACF Constitution operated simultaneously. The balloting was organized by SimplyVoting.com, a Canadian company highly regarded and certified for their security and privacy protocols.

From the total eligible list of 263 voters from across the nation, 217, or 83% were cast. The results are as follows:

Board of Directors – Elected (% of votes received)

Avinash Varma - Hardball Cricket -  Zonal Director (100%)

Ernest Precious - HardballCricket - Zonal Director (60%)

Masaood Yunus - Hardball Cricket - Zonal Director (67%)

Shahid Ahmed - Hardball Cricket - Zonal Director (67%)

Avinash Gaje - National Softball Cricket Director (100%)

Jagan Jagannathan - At-Large Director (73%)

John Aaron - At-Large Director (84%)

Mike Thomas-  At-Large Director (99%)

Advisory & Judiciary Committee – Elected (% of voted received)

Vijay Paneerselvam - Club and Player Representative (84%)

Vishal Durvasula - Club and Player Representative (91%)

Jatin Patel - Development Representative (93%)

Priya Singh - Development Representative (75%)

Shantha Suraweera - Hardball Cricket - League Representative (100%)

Durga Das - Women’s Cricket Representative (67%)

Sandra Ibarra - Women’s Cricket Representative (100%)

The organization announced that one Independent Director will be appointed by the newly incumbent board.  Also, two further Zonal Directors for the BODs; and a Softball Representative and two College Representativesfor the A&J Committee will be elected at a later date.

“We are very pleased how well the whole election process worked,” said Mike Thomas, Acting ACF Treasurer and Election Organizer. “All timelines pre-set in the ACF Constitution were met and the SimplyVoting system provided a totally secure balloting platform. Once the ballots were designed and set,” explained Thomas, “no intervention is possible, votes can only be cast by authorized electors each with unique IDs and passwords, and results are automatically tabulated and verifiable.”

“We are greatly indebted to Professor G. E. Whittenburg, CPA, EA, Charles W. Lamden School of Accountancy, San Diego State University,” continued Thomas. “As Election Examiner, he reviewed elector eligibility, candidate eligibility and from examination of ballot outcomes, expressed satisfaction that results were correctly reported. We believe that high benchmarks of excellence have been established in the planning, conduct and execution of U.S. cricket elections.”

As a consequence of these results, the ACF Steering Committee was dissolved at midnight on Sunday, December 8, 2013.  This milestone event confirms the next exciting stage of ACF’s momentum.  A totally democratic management team – with term-limits – now comprises the continuity of key drivers from the former Steering Committee and ACF’s CEO Jamie Harrison, together with highly competent new faces representing most of the constituencies of U.S. cricket.

Bios:

Ernie Precious

President, British Officers’ C.C., Philadelphia and Sec’y Greater Philadelphia Cricket League.
From UK league cricket to US cricket in 1986, he is heavily involved in ground development, and is a Board member of the Philadelphia Int’l Cricket Festival.

Avinash Varma

President Washington Metro Cricket Board, ACF Cricket League. A US club cricketer since 1990.
Since 2010 is strongly committed to cricket development in Prince George’s County, with initiatives in grounds, a cricket academy, and coaching.

Jatin Patel

Indiana Youth Cricket Assn., 2nd VP USYCA. He is very active in regional school, teacher, community, and cricket camp development. He introduced cricket to 247 schools since 2010 and a pioneer of coaching publications, and is a recipient of an ACF Volunteer Recognition Award.

Priya Singh

President Missouri Youth Cricket Assn., USYCA Board. She is pro-active in coaching, youth tournaments (U7-U16), and a Youth Cricket Academy initiative. She has an aggressive outlook to regional cricket development.

Shantha Suraweera

President, Orange County Cricket Association, Founding member and former President of Orange County Lions CC since 2006, now active in coaching, team management, and youth development.

Shahid Ahmed

Founding Member and Chairman, Michigan State Cricket Assn., ACF Steering Committee.
He is an engineer and US club cricketer since 1992, and is active in regional cricket administration.

Masaood Yunus

President, Minnesota Cricket Assn., 2011-12. An ACF Steering Committee member, he is an active US club cricketer and tournament organizer, and is proactive in regional and national cricket development and promotion.

Avinash Gaje

President, New Jersey Soft Ball Cricket League, one of, if not the largest US softball league, with 100+ recreational clubs and some 2,500 players. An ACF Steering Committee member, Avi sees huge potential for soft ball cricket from both national coordination, and as a bridge between schools and the senior game.

John L. Aaron

ACF Steering Committee member, Sec’y, Atlantis C.C. – NY, and former Sec’y of USACA 2008-11, before aligning with ACF for its transparency and will to pursue good governance and integrity. He is committed to cricket development. Is a 2012 inductee to the Cricket Hall of Fame and has latterly contributed significantly to the growth of youth and women’s cricket.

Jagan Jagannathan

ACF Steering Committee member and Acting Secretary, Team manager, Sec’y and coach California Cricket Academy (2003-2012).
A US club player since 1984, he has had previous cricket experience in India, then Canada (1975-83). A firm believer in grassroots development as the key to US success.

Mike Thomas

ACF Steering Committee member and Acting Treasurer, USYCA Board Member and Treasurer, Board Member C.C. Morris Cricket Library & Museum, Co-Founder of Philadelphia Int’l Cricket Festival, and former President, British Officers’ C.C., Philadelphia. He has spent a lifetime in cricket and cricket administration, with 20+ years in UK league cricket, then US league play in three States since 1986. Sees US development led by youth a remaining goal.

Vishal Durvasula

Secretary then President, Carolina Cricket League (2009-11), Mid-Atlantic Cricket Conference (2007-2008). He is a communicator and skilled cricket administrator, with strengths in league management and umpire development.

Vijay Panneerselvam

Co-founder and Director, North Florida Cricket League, Captain First Coast C.C. His experience includes tournament organization; ground acquisition, and turf pitch preparation.

Durga Das

ACF Steering Committee member and Captain, US Women’s cricket team 2010, Firebirds C.C., NCAA.
She is a well-travelled and impressive cricketer for over 20 years, graduating from captain of Indian Universities Women’s cricket team, to the India Women’s World Cup squad in 1990. Latterly has represented the US in Women’s World Cup qualifier in Bangladesh 2011.

Sandra Ibarra

Southern California Cricket Assn., Corinthians C. C. She has represented USA in the Cup of the Americas, placing 2nd as and ICC tournament qualifier. She is a pioneer in T20 competitions for women, and is an Irvine League Tapeball award winner. Latterly with coaching certification, has been coaching children in Maryland and California.

 
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