Ram Varadarajan
Candidate for President

Shahid Tahir
Candidate for 1st Vice President

Manaf Mohamed
Candidate for 2nd Vice President

John L. Aaron
Candidate for Secretary

John Thickett
Candidate for Treasurer
Ram Varadarajan
Candidate for President of USACA

A cricket buff himself, Ram is the President & CEO of Arcot Systems, an authentication software company headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA. He was formerly Executive Director, Research and Development at Informix Software where he was responsible for security and connectivity products. He previously served as Project Manager, Distributed Security Systems at Odyssey Research. Ram holds an M.S. from Louisiana State University and a B.Tech from the Indian Institute of Technology.

Ram leads the management team of the US National Junior Cricket Tournament. He is responsible for raising funds, and overseeing the preparation and managing of the tournament.

Ram is a committed and successful leader. He will utilize his deep links with large corporations and funding sources to bring attention and money to USACA projects.

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Shahid Tahir
Candidate for 1st Vice President


Shahid Tahir was born in the month of August in Okara, a small village located approximately 300 kilometers from Islamabad, Pakistan. He graduated from M.C. high school and continued his education at a government degree college in Okara. He attended the University of Karachi and graduated in 1992 with a B.SC, Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy. In 1993 he migrated to the United States working as a physical therapist and quickly advanced to the position of rehabilitation supervisor. He continued his studies in the United States and currently holds a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from Andrews University in Berrien Spring, Michigan,

In 1999 he became a United States citizen in addition to maintaining his citizenship in Pakistan, while staying actively involved in the affairs of the Pakistani community. Among his philanthropic interests he serves as the director of Hafiz Memorial Trust in Okara, Pakistan, an organization that he founded in memory of his father to treat those in the community who cannot afford healthcare. The facility, which is managed and funded by Dr. Tahir treats 150-200 people a day, free of charge.

Dr. Tahir has been instrumental in furthering the interests of the Pakistani community in the United States through his political involvements. He was actively involved in the fund raising efforts for the first ever to be elected Muslim congressman, Keith Ellison from Minnesota. He also participated in the fund raising efforts for Senator Hillary Clinton for her reelection campaign. As a Century Club member for the Michigan Democratic Party he has hosted and helped raise funds that led to the reelection of both Senator Debbie Stabenow and Governor Jennifer Granholm.

Some of his other involvements include the National Commission for Human Development of Pakistan (NCHD), Human Development Foundation (HDF), Muslim Community of Western Suburbs, Michigan (MCWS), American Home Health Care Association, Al-Ghazali Education Trust, Lahore, Pakistan, American Physical Therapy Association (AFTA), Pakistan Physical Therapy Society, Karachi, Pakistan and the National Association of Pakistani Americans (NAPA).

Currently, Dr. Tahir is CEO of At Home Network, Inc., one of Michigan's leading home healthcare agencies, CEO of Metro Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, Inc., an outpatient therapy services facility and CEO of All American Medical Equipment, Inc. in Michigan. In addition, he is involved in multiple Senior Citizen Housing Projects in Michigan, U.S.A.

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Manaf Mohamed
Candidate for 2nd Vice President

Born in Guyana in 1948 and immigrated to USA in 1973.
Resided in New York City, attended Academy of Aeronautics, Flushing NY receiving an Applied Science degree in Aircraft Electronics, moved on to Pratt Institute, Brooklyn NY graduating with a degree in Electrical Engineering, while simultaneously completing course work for a Computer Technology Diploma from Control Data Institute, New York, New York.

Worked with Automatic Data Processing (ADP), Clifton, New Jersey for 10 years as a Computer Systems Field Engineer and Data Communications Specialist moving up to become supervisor of ADP’s Long Island Field Engineering Offices.

Moved to South Florida in 1988 and up until 2006 was employed at NextiraOne, LLC (Formerly Racal-Milgo), as a Network Systems Engineer.

Returned to college and obtained an Early Childhood Directors Credentials and various other Child Development certifications. Currently in semi-retirement employed as Administrator / Director of a Faith Based Pre-school.

Have been involved in organized cricket in the South Florida area for almost 20 years, and have managed numerous cricket tournaments and competitions resulting in extensive interaction with local county and park administrators.

Have done numerous workshops and lectures/training sessions to various local city parks staff on the history of cricket in the USA and fundamentals of cricket as a global sport.

Extremely familiar with the structure of cricket in the USA, at the club, regional and national level, holding various administrative positions
Founded (1989) and still President of Everest Cricket Club, Hollywood, FL.
Founded (1998) and currently Vice-President of Florida Southeast Cricket League
Former Treasurer (1990-1998), South Florida Cricket Association
Former Treasurer (1996-1999), United States Cricket Federation
Currently Secretary of USACA South East Region Administrative Board

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John L. Aaron
Candidate for Secretary


Described by former West Indies Cricket Board President Ken Gordon, as “…a true Statesman,” John Aaron’s experience in management as an Executive Vice President and Regional Training Director in corporate America, and his current involvement in the world of academia, has afforded him the skill-sets needed to help US cricket regain its credibility in the international arena.

Currently a Higher Education Officer (HEO) and senior Continuing Education college administrator in New York City, John holds a Bachelors Degree In Media Communications from Hunter College of the City University of New York and a Masters in Management and Technology from New York University. He is the recipient of several academic and civic awards including the prestigious New York University’s Prism Award for outstanding alumni.

As a team leader, John’s strengths lie in the ability to coalesce individuals with varying points of view, and to get them to work towards a common objective – cricket. He is also regarded as an independent thinker, with an unquestionable commitment to helping develop cricket in the US, indicative of his recent elevation to Regional Director of New York, while still serving as President of Atlantis Cricket Club – NY and President of the Eastern American Cricket Association.

As a club and league president, he has an innate ability to partner cricket with the community, in a number of initiatives beyond the game, and benefiting the community.

John has also demonstrated on several occasions, an unselfish approach to problem solving in a volatile environment. He has served as chairman of the USACA League President’s Reconciliation Commission and a member of the 2006 USACA Constitution Review Committee.

The ICC’s Chief Executive Malcolm Speed described the avid writer’s recent views expressed on dreamcricket.com and Cricinfo.com calling for a new direction and leadership for USACA, as “Very impressive.”
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John Thickett
Candidate for Treasurer


As a successful entrepreneur for the past fifteen years I have knowledge and experience building and developing organizations in several manufacturing and service industries. Whether it is raising capital to fund growth or planning a detailed budget, I have several skills and insights to bring to the overall USACA leadership team and specifically the USACA Treasurer’s role. From my educational endeavors, I hold an MBA from Harvard Business School in Boston, MA and a BSc in Production Engineering from Loughborough University in England.

Over the past ten years I have been actively involved in local cricket at the club, league and regional level. I incorporated and obtained 501 (c)3 certification for my club, and negotiated a ten year lease for our new ground with local government and oversaw construction. More recently I was involved with the creation of the Central Texas Cricket League (CTCL) and serve on the board. For the past few years I have represented CTCL on the board of the Central West region and was recently elected Treasurer of our region.
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