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.

Avinash Gaje

ACF Board Member
Avinash can be reached at avinashg@americancricketfederation.org
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Avinash is the founding member of New Jersey Softball Cricket League (NJSBCL). Under his leadership, the organization has seen steady growth and currently hosts more than 100 recreational tennis ball teams. Avinash is a mechanical engineer with a post graduate degree in operations management. Apart from initiating a few start-up companies, he has led successful management teams in multi- national organizations like Oracle and Godrej. He currently manages a software company that specializes in Pharmaceutical Services.

Avinash Gaje says, Cricket gives me a sense of great accomplishment and fulfillment when cricketing events go as planned, and are executed successfully. The NJSBL is considered by many to be one of the best run softball leagues based on its cooperative principles.

Apart from his undying love of the sport and commitment to promoting the game of cricket to schools, colleges, and the community in general, Avinash is also active in several community-based and non-profit organizations, such as the Marathi Vishwa and Maharashtra Mandal. He also manages alumni networks for a business school (SIMSR) and an engineering school (SPCE) in the USA.

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.

Mike Thomas

ACF Treasurer
Former Captain – Old Albanian Cricket Club, Hertfordshire League, UK (23 years)
Former Captain, then President – British Officers Cricket Club of Philadelphia (26 years)
Board Member – C.C. Morris Cricket Library & Museum at Haverford College PA 
Co-Founder – Philadelphia International Cricket Festival & Gentlemen of Philadelphia Touring Side
Board Member and Treasurer – United States Youth Cricket Association (USYCA)
Mike can be reached at mikethomas12566@aol.com

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To read Mike Thomas’s cricket bio is to marvel at the involvement of one individual’s contribution to a passion. With regard to playing the sport, Mike thinks he is a slow left- arm spinner who ought to retire from cricket.Although it would be hard to retire altogether from a sport he is so passionate about. In his opinion, Cricketers are an amazingly friendly global fraternity of all backgrounds and cultures, united in the ultimate team sport.

An accountant by profession and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales (retired), Mike Thomas has held positions with the international accounting firm of Peat, Marwick, Mitchell, Chartered Accountants, UK, as well as global corporations such as SmithKline Corporation. He served as its European Treasurer and Managing Director of its European Corporate Headquarters, in London, before relocating to Corporate Headquarters in Philadelphia, PA as Senior Director of Corporate Development and M&A. In more recent years he worked as CFO and VP Business Development in several emergent private and public companies.

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.

 

Vishal Durvasula

Former President, Carolina Cricket League
Former Secretary, Mid Atlantic Cricket Conference
Vishal can be reached at durvasula@gmail.com

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Vishal Durvasula brings to American Cricket Federation knowledge of cricket administration at various levels, strategic vision and passion that spans multi generations in his family.

Vishal’s past positions include, President of Carolina Cricket League, Secretary of Mid Atlantic Cricket Conference and Chairman of Umpiring Committee for MACC. Through CCL Vishal has contributed to cricket across triad and piedmont regions of NC catering to 1000 plus players in 25 teams.

Vishal has conducted umpiring seminars across Virginia, NC and SC and has met representatives from 75 plus teams. Vishal is actively involved in cricket as a player and occassionally opens the bowling for a local Club during the CCL season. Vishal’s weekends usually consist of hiking in the NC mountains with Kiran his wife, and dog Mimi.

 

Shantha Suraweera

Shantha can be reached at orcoca@yahoo.com

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Shantha L. Suraweera has been the president of Orange County Cricket Association (OCCA) since 2010.

Mr. Suraweera was instrumented in creating OCCA with a vision to provide opportunity to play quality cricket in Orange County for cricketing community. During this period Mr. Suraweera was able to install a turf wicket at Centennial Regional Park in Santa Ana, and build voluble relationships with other Cities and school districts that will help developing quality infrastructure for future generation cricketers in Orange County. Before assuming presidents responsibilities, Mr. Suraweera served in the capacity of the secretary, OCCA and under his direction OCCA has been organizing two seasons per year league since 2008.

Prior to forming OCCA, Mr. Suraweera founded Orange County Lions Foundation (OCLF) in 1997 to promote cricket and to create a platform for philanthropic activities to help communities in USA and abroad. He has been playing cricket in USA since 1996 and up to date he played well over 100 league and friendly cricket matches.

In line with Mr. Suraweera’s mission of giving back to community, he spend significant amount of time leading community service and obtained 503.3.c non profit tax exempt status for both OCCA and OCLF organization.

Mr. Suraweera is a certified Level 1 Coach (WICB). He is the OCCA youth cricket committee chair person, and took the lead on introducing cricket to elementary schools and donating cricket set, a vital project funded by US Youth Cricket Association to introduce the game to grassroots level. Mr. Suraweera is working with Orange County School Districts to expand this program and to attempt to make schools to play cricket on regular basis during PE periods.

Mr. Suraweera has also been trained and certified as a coach tutor in 2012 by ICC sponsored training program, and he is certified to provide instructions and issue Level-0 coaching certificates. He is hoping to train PE teaches and issue appropriate certification that will create interest among the teaching community.

Mr. Suraweera served as the South West Region (SWR) Team Manager for regional and national tournaments, and travelled to Florida with SWR team in 2010.

A Sri Lankan native and University of Astrakhan, Russia alumnus, Mr. Suraweera earned his Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1981. He worked in the fields of fisheries research, ship building, boat building, and building construction. At present he is working as Chief Estimator (Mechanical & Electrical) for a Construction Management company over past 10 years. He is also a Certified Professional Estimator in USA.