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All eyes on HCA Apex Council meeting

Published: 5th Nov 2020 11:57 pm

Hyderabad: All eyes will be on the crucial Apex Council meeting of the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) that will be held at Uppal Stadium on Friday afternoon. With president Mohammed Azharuddin insisting that he has done nothing wrong in the appointment of Justice (retd) Deepak Verma as Ombudsman, secretary R Vijayanand and his group feel that it needs the approval in the Annual General Meeting (AGM).

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In fact, Vijayanand, in a revised notice, listed two more items to the meeting. One is with regard to the Ombudsman issue and the second one is to discuss notification as regards to CEO/CFO. In the eight-listed items, the commencement of cricket season, the AGM and completion of accounts for the year 2017-18 and 2018-19 are among the issues that will be discussed in the meeting.

Azharuddin said he is going to attend the meeting with an open mind. “When you go for reforms, you will face opposition. I’m doing good for the Hyderabad cricket. If I don’t do it now then it will never happen. I can’t wait for things to happen,’’ he said.

On his part, Vijayanand said they are going ahead with the meeting with a positive frame of mind. “The game is on top of our agenda. We are confident of starting the new season. We will take all precautions because of the Covid-19 such as keeping thermals and sanitising all the venues. The players with negative results will only participate in the matches,’’ he said.

Vijayanand added that they have tentatively fixed November 29 for the AGM. “Conducting AGM is very crucial as we have to decide on the Cricket Advisory Committee and the appointment of other posts,’’ he said.

Meanwhile, RM Bhaskar, who along with Babu Rao, had written a letter to Justice Verma on multiple clubs, said this issue has to be resolved at the earliest. “The Lodha Committee Reforms had clearly spoken of the multiple clubs and proxy votes’ issue. For all these years, few people are holding the HCA to ransom with multiple clubs. They hold important posts and call the tune. That is the reason for the downfall of Hyderabad cricket,’’ he said.

Former selector Arvind Shetty, who also wrote a letter to Justice Verma, said their accounts have not been settled since three years.

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