ACF Board

Jagan Jagannathan

ACF Board Chairman
Jagan can be reached at jaganj@americancricketfederation.org

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Cricket has been part of Jagan Jagannathan’s life for as long as he can remember. His formal cricket started in Chennai, India where he played for his school and college, representing the state league sub-junior team in 1974. He immigrated to Canada when he was 17 and found enough summer time to play league cricket in Edmonton and Calgary, which he represented in 1976.

As his graduate studies took him to Ontario, he played in the South Western Ontario Cricket League. He moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1983 and since then has been part of the Stanford Cricket Club (aka Cardinals Cricket Club) in the Northern California Cricket Association. He has also been a volunteer umpire, manager, coach as well as an administrator for the California Cricket Academy, a grassroots organization in Cupertino from 2003 through 2012. In May 2012, he was part of the founding team of ACF where he served as its secretary.

Jagan strongly believes that the best and perhaps the only way for the sport to reach its vast potential is through volunteer-based locally managed grass roots cricket. He believes that American youth, with their abundant athletic talents and natural interest in bat-and-ball sports, is the place to start. The transition from youth to young adult is where special focus is essential at a local and national level to take the emerging players to the next level.

Jagan is a seasoned technologist and entrepreneur in the IT field. He is currently the founding Chief Technology Officer for Xangati, a venture-backed start-up based in Silicon Valley. His interests in sports span from cricket to other sports such as American football, tennis and baseball. He occasionally blogs on matters pertaining to US cricket.

Avinash Varma

ACF Board Vice Chairman
President – Washington Metro Cricket Board (WMCB)
Avinash can be reached at avinashv@americancricketfederation.org

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A cricket, soccer and music fan, Avinash has a unique love for cricket. He is an active cricket player and has captained several teams throughout his playing career. He has been serving as the President of WMCB since 2010. A mechanical engineer by education and training, he holds an MBA from George Washington University. According to Avinash, Cricket in my opinion is the most complete sport, in that it embodies all the elements that contribute to a successful life: individual talent, skills, team-work, leadership, sportsmanship, character, and grace under pressure, among many other attributes. Attributes, which no doubt produce astute leadership and responsibility.

Avinash has been playing cricket from age six and has played at the college-level in India as a batsman, bowler and wicketkeeper, and has served as captain of Greenbelt, Mass Avenue and Damascus cricket clubs. In the USA, Avinash has played cricket in the Washington metropolitan area and has been the President of the Washington Metro Cricket board since 2010.

With a background in mechanical engineering and an MBA from George Washington University, Avinash is now the Director of Consulting at CGI Federal, whose clients include federal agencies such as the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

John Aaron

ACF Board Secretary
Currently Secretary of Atlantis Cricket Club NY
Secretary – United States of America Cricket Association (USACA) – 2008-11
Inducted into Cricket Hall of Fame, Hartford, CT 2012
President Eastern American Cricket Association 2006-08
Regional Director  New York Cricket Region 2007-08
President Atlantis Cricket Club-NY 2000 – 10
Chairman US League Presidents Reconciliation Committee 2007-2008, tasked with negotiating the lifting of ICC suspension of USACA, with the help of the WICB
John can be reached at johna@americancricketfederation.org


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An avid writer on policy and guidelines for sport, as well as cricket, John considers himself a servant of cricket and has contributed enormously to its development in the US and most recently with regard to the growth of women’s cricket in the New York metropolitan area.

John Aaron believes, that like music, the sport of cricket transcends boundaries of human-kind, while maintaining a competitive but gentlemanly spirit of sportsmanship.He is convinced that he can make a genuine contribution to the development and promotion of cricket, especially in the USA. According to the 2012 Cricket Hall of Fame inductee, The camaraderie that cricket helps to develop among people of all walks of life, ethnicities, cultural barriers, religions, etc., is like an international language spoken by those who embrace the sport at its basic levels.

John has worked in corporate America for 25 years, before assuming a career in academia as a Higher Education Officer with the City University of New York and as a Director of Marketing and Corporate Training. Awarded New York University’s prestigious Prism award as an outstanding alumnus, he is considered one of the pivotal forces behind the ICC lifting its 2007 suspension of USACA and he has aligned himself with ACF, because of its transparency, integrity, willingness to pursue good governance and inclusiveness.

Ernest Precious

Zonal Director
Secretary of the Greater Philadelphia Cricket League
President of the British Officers’ Cricket Club of Philadelphia
President of the Philadelphia Youth Cricket Academy
Committee member of the CC Morris Cricket Library, Haverford PA
Committee member of the Philadelphia International Cricket Festival
Ernest can be reached at erniep@americancricketfederation.org

Vijay Paneerselvam

Co-Founder North Florida Cricket League
Former Director North Florida Cricket League
Vijay can be reached at arivijay@gmail.com

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Arivarasan (Vijay) Panneerselvam is a co-founder and director of North Florida Cricket League (NFCL), and he is an Assistant Vice President for Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Vijay also served as a Vice President for Florida Cricket Association from July 2011 to June 2012. His experience includes tournament organization; ground acquisition, and turf pitch preparation. Vijay is currently the captain of First Coast Cricket (FCC) team. Under his captaincy, FCC won the NFCL T20 Summer 2013 Championship. Vijay received a B.S. from Anna University, India, an M.S. from the Rochester Institute of Technology, New York, and an M.B.A. from University of Florida.