In the final list of nominated candidates, Shanta is the sole candidate for being the ICA representative nominee to the nine-member BCCI apex council which was recommended by the Supreme Court-appointed Justice R M Lodha panel.
With the ICA president and its representative nominee to the IPL Governing Council set to be elected unopposed, the main fight during the three-day election will be between former cricketers Kirti Azad and Anshuman Gaekwad to become the male representative nominee to the BCCI Apex Council.
The third former cricketer in the fray is Saurashtra’s Rakesh Dhruve. Ashok Malhotra and Surender Khanna are set to be elected unopposed as ICA president and representative nominee to IPL governing council respectively.
As many as 1267 ICA members are eligible to vote in the online elections, the result of which will be known on Tuesday. The ICA, which gives players an official voice for the first time, came into being after the Lodha panel-recommended reforms in Indian cricket. The unsuccessful attempts to form a players’ association were made in 1976 and 2001.
Shanta said female representation in the country’s cricket board is a giant leap for the sport.
“A female voice in the BCCI was unthinkable not so long ago. It is a massive step forward for women’s cricket," said the 65-year-old Shanta.