In the first place was Mr.Neil Speight from Bermuda, with 23 votes, and in third place was Mrs. Detty Timmer of the Netherlands, who received 13 votes.
It was in 1993, Damodar made his debut for the Botswana national cricket team in the Zone VI Tournament held in Zambia. He also became the Secretary General of the Zone VI Cricket Committee, during this period. In 1997 he represented the national team at another Zone VI tournament in Zimbabwe. By 1998, he gave up playing cricket and decided to focus on the administrative side.
From 1998 to date, he holds the position of Secretary of Fixtures and Publicity for the Botswana Cricket Association (BCA). Alongside this, he was also the Chairman of the Gaborone Cricket Club (GCC) for 11 consecutive years, from 1999 to 2010. Mr. Damodar even went with the Under-15 national team as manager for the first ever ICC Africa tournament in Zambia, in 2001.
His hard work and perseverance did not go unnoticed as in 2003, he was appointed as the Finance Director of the Africa Cricket Association (ACA). In the same year, he also became the first recipient of the “Non-Citizen Sports Award” for 2002 at the Barloworld-BNSC Sports Awards. He played an integral part in getting Botswana elected as an Associate Member in the 2005 ICC Annual Conference, as well as the formation of the Afro-Asia Cricket Cooperation and Cup, in London. He was a finalist in the 2003 and 2004 “Non-Citizen Sports Award.” He was appointed to the Selection Committee for the Best Administrator award by Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC). He has since been making the yearly trip for the annual ICC Conference as a Board Representative for the BCA.
In 2007, he was solely responsible for securing sponsorship, to the tune of $15000.00 from HLL India, through his own company, which in turn created the “BCA Grassroots Development Programme.” The plaudits kept on coming in and in 2009, he received the ICC Medal for “Outstanding Service to Cricket,” presented at the Centenary Conference in London. From 2011, he was appointed as the Regional Director for Southern and Central Africa by the ACA, a position he held until 2013. At which point, he chaired the Audit Committee for the ACA.
In 2014, Mr. Damodar was once again solely responsible for obtaining the renewal sponsorship for the “BCA Grassroots Development Programme” from HLL India and he was once again a finalist for the “Non-Citizen Sports Award.” Mr. Damodar also held the posts of Tournament Director and Chairman of the Cricket Committee for the ACA, as well as being the current Secretary for Fixtures and Publicity at BCA.
His hard work, determination to succeed and overwhelming passion for the game makes a great recipe for success, and this historic win proves exactly this.