PRASAD, KULDEAP Dedicated administrator and organizer of the sport in New York
Born in Ogle, East Coast, Demarara, Guyana, Kuldeap Prasad first played cricket at the age of 10. shortly thereafter, his exceptional administrative and organizational skills became evident and at the tender age of 12, he was elected as the secretary of the Ogle Boys Club Cricket Team. “Krish” as he is affectionately known, continued to play cricket in Guyana until he migrated to the United States at age 18.
The year after his arrival, he started his U.S. career as the No. 12 player on Pakins Cricket Club in the Eastern American League. The team did not excel, having finished in the 50th percentile of the league, but Krish’s long time love of the game propelled him to continue to play for Pakins (now Everest Cricket Club) for the next 30 years.
Krish worked hard and his love of play ultimately catapulted him from No. 12 position to that of opening batsman. His organizational, motivational and fundraising skills were developed due to his unbinding dedication and love of the game.
Largely through Krish’s overall devotion to cricket, Everst ultimately became one of the most competitive teams in the New York area currently playing in the Masters Tournament in New York. His efforts were recognized as early as 1985, when he was unanimously elected President of the Everest Cricket Club for the first time, a position he has held ever since.
Krish’s undeniable dedication to the sport of cricket and his selflessness, rapidly earned him the recognition, respect and admiration of cricketers through the New York region, as a result of which he was repeatedly elected to the position of President of the Easter American Cricket League in 1998-2001, 2005 and 2006. The countless hours Krish spends in raising money for the sport, his tireless efforts to develop young talent as well as showcasing senior talent, resulted in his being named as Chairman of the New York Cricket Region in 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2007.
In 1999 and 2000, Krish was chosen by the Presidents of the majority of the United States Cricket Leagues as a member of the Board of Directors of the United States of America Cricket Association. Krish was the only representative from the United States, along with the President of the USACA, sent to the ICC cricket conference at Lords, England in 2000.
In addition, Krish was named Chairman of the New York Ed Ahamad Caribbean Cricket Tournament (formerly Red Stripe competition) from 2003 to present. Krish and his committee have been responsible for securing funding organizing nad overseeing the highest level of cricket played in the U.S., a tournament which includes competitors from the Caribbean, Pakistan and India. Edul Ahmad’s funding of the competition and Sewdar Shivnarain’s contributions have helped make this tournament the most anticipated cricket event of the season.
In his spare time, Krish makes his living as the Eastern Seaboard and European supervisor of training and engineering for American Airlines. Krish is married to Jessie. They have four children, Haresh, Tara, Kumar and Dharana, all of whom understand why their husband and father is so devoted to the sport and ideals of cricket.