The deciding factor in Ravin Moorthy succeeding Ranjit Saini as Cricket Canada’s new president may never be known. With each candidate securing nine votes, it was up to the delegates from the nine provinces to come up with a tiebreaker because there is no mechanism in the constitution that addresses the breaking of a deadlock.
Ontario and British Columbia have four votes each, Alberta has three, Quebec two while Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan and Manitoba each has a vote.
Voting privileges are determined by the number of teams in a province. Those with up to 25 teams have one vote; up to 60, two votes; up to 75, three votes and, above that, a maximum four votes.
By secret ballot, the delegates unlocked the tie in Moorthy’s favour making him – at age 35 – one of the youngest presidents in the organization’s 120-year history.
He said he was influenced to run for the presidency following discussions with some Cricket Canada members.
“We had some meetings internally on how best to take the organization through the next couple of years and it was determined that I should run for the presidency,” Moorthy said. “Cricket Canada is only as good as the group steering the ship and I think we have very good people in place and opportunities for more quality folks to come on board.
“The building blocks are there in terms of media and exposure. We just need to find different ways to grow the sport and capture the support of corporate Canada and governments. We also need to understand that cricket can go across communities and cultures and that is what Canada is all about. We just have to find ways to bring the game to people. It’s a process and we are on our way.”
Moorthy came to Canada in 1981 as a five-year-old with his Sri Lankan-born father and Malaysian mother and settled in Calgary. He left the province for four years to pursue Mechanical Engineering studies at McGill University in Montreal before returning to Alberta to work as a lead mechanical engineer for nearly 12 years with SNC-Lavalin. In February 2011, he joined Syncrude Canada Ltd. – one of the world’s largest producers of synthetic crude oil from oil sands and the largest single source producer in Canada – as a project development engineer.
Moorthy played club cricket in Calgary and represented Alberta at the Under-19 level before serving on the Calgary & District Cricket League executive. In his five years on Cricket Canada’s executive, he served as second and first vice-president and high performance manager before assuming the presidency.
He was instrumental in Cricket Canada winning the 2011 International Cricket Council (ICC) Development Program Award. The Best Promotion and Marketing Program honour recognized the national association’s new website and the groundbreaking work in live streaming of matches and event webcasts.
“The young people are going to drive this game,” said Moorthy. “They are on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and it’s imperative that we find ways to engage them. I also think people need an outlet to talk about the game. That is what social media is all about.”
The executive will appoint a first vice-president to fill the spot vacated by Moorthy.
British Columbia’s Mainland Cricket League president, Vimal Hardat, was re-elected Cricket Canada’s first vice-president while Nova Scotian Amit Joshi was elected third vice-president. Calvin Clarke was re-elected general secretary.
During the two-day annual general meeting in Richmond, British Columbia, Cricket Canada presented a Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously to late vice-president Clifford Cox who died in February.
By RON FANFAIR