Former Tamil Union cricketer Shanthikumar wins NDP nomination

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Rev. Kantharatnam Shanthikumar shortly after he won the nomination. (Picture by Shanthikumar campaign)

Rev. Kantharatnam Shanthikumar shortly after he won the nomination. (Picture by Shanthikumar campaign)

Rev. Kantharatnam Shanthikumar, former Tamil Union cricketer who played for Canada, and Bahrain won the nomination to represent the Opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) in the next federal election.
Shanthikumar is an old boy of Jaffna Central College who later moved to Madras Christian College. He graduated from the Masters Seminary of Toronto with a Bachelor of Theology degree. He has been a pastor at Tamil churches since 1995.
His deep passion for cricket was passed on to the next generation when he opened his cricket academy in Canada. Many national players in Canada were groomed by his academy.
Described as right arm opening bowler and a hard hitting right hand batsman, Shanthikumar will seek a seat in parliament on the October 19, 2015 when Canadians vote in their 42nd federal election.