USA Cricket appoints Atul Rai and Kuljit Nijjar as Directors


USA Cricket appoints Atul Rai and Kuljit Nijjar as Directors

The United States of America (USA) Cricket have officially announced the victories of Atul Rai and Kuljit Nijjar in the recently concluded elections for the director’s body. Rai and Nijjar will take charge as Club Director and Individual Director respectively.

Atul Rai is an experienced cricket administrator who has been in the field for a brief period. Rai was the ex-chairman of USA Cricket and has previously served as the League Director and the Chairman of the Cricket Committee from November 2018 to May 2020.

Kuljit Nijjar has also been associated with cricket in the USA for a long time but this will be his maiden entry into the apex governing body for the sport. Notably, Nijjar is the founder of a popular domestic league namely the Dallas Cricket League.

The USA Cricket Board of Directors saw a major reshuffle as Rai and Nijjar are joining the likes of immediate past chairman Parag Marathe, Avinash Gaje, Nadia Gruny (elected unopposed), Sushil Nadkarni, Catherine Carlson, Venu Pisike and Srini Salver.

USA Cricket will conduct Elections for Independent Directors

The USA Cricket Board will likely call for a fresh election for the post of a male player director, league director, and individual director & will thereby elect three independent directors.

Coming to the elections of Atul Rai and Kuljit Nijjar, Rai secured a significant share of 51.30% votes to topple the incumbent Ajith Bhaskar of the New York region. Nijjar got 52.40% votes to evict Suraj Vishwanathan, Anand Patel, and Ganesh Sanap.

The victory of Rai and Nijjar finally vanished the turbulence caused by Bhaskar and Vishwanathan who were accused of unconstitutional re-appointment of Paraag Marathe as the Chairman.

Atul Rai and Kuljit Nijjar along with the fellow board of directors will have the tedious task to develop the cricketing infrastructure in the States and eliminate the debt-ridden structure of the body. USA Cricket carries an outstanding loan of around half a million dollars from their strategic partner ACE as well as a sum of $120k which are in arrears with their travel agent.

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