Hyderabad: Former secretary PR Man Singh has asked the two High Court-appointed administrators — Justice (retd) AR Dave and Justice (retd) Seethapathy — to take charge of the affairs of the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA).
“The administrators are doing nothing as far as HCA is concerned. It is time the revered administrators take action to clean up the association and conduct a fresh Special General Meeting. In fact, the two administrators had given three or four reports to the High Court. Why is the court keeping quiet on those reports?
“If you see in Delhi, Justice (retd) Vikramjit Sen is a one-man administrator for the Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA). He has taken charge of DDCA. He is running DDCA and whomsoever he thinks are the right people, he is taking their advice, involving them and he is running the show.’’
Man Singh added: “But as per HCA’s concern, the basic thing is to totally revise the old memorandum rules and regulations incorporating all the recommendations in the various clauses wherever they are applicable. Once that is done, you have fresh elections as per that particular constitution, because even today’s apex council as far as I am concerned is illegal.’’
The seasoned administrator even requested the State Government to appoint an advisor to resolve this crisis in HCA. “We should have a powerful individual, appointed either by the State Government or High Court to run the show in the HCA.’’
Man Singh said since HCA has not yet implemented the Lodha reforms, fresh elections can be held going by the old rules and regulations. “If Lodha panel reforms were not implemented at the time of the elections last year, then obviously, the elections should have been held in the then existing memorandum rules and regulations of HCA. And if that be the case, in that particular memorandum rules and regulations, there is no mention of apex council, it is an executive committee. And the composition of executive committee also should be 22 members.’’
Man Singh lambasted the HCA for badly handling the Mohammad Azharuddin episode. ”It was an insult to Indian cricket. The HCA should respect a former Indian skipper. But sadly, it gave a bad name to HCA. I wonder why the club secretaries are keeping quiet.’’
According to Man Singh, given the present situation, it is doubtful any funds would be released by the BCCI. “The HCA is in a big financial soup as funds from BCCI have stopped coming. I don’t think we can expect any funds because of the present crisis.’’
He said it is sad cricketing activity has stopped in the city. “Why are the league matches not conducted while so much of attention is being paid to the Telangana Premier League. I am not against TPL, but at the same time, you cannot neglect domestic cricket. They give a poor excuse that there are no grounds. It is a poor state of affairs in HCA. Only God can save HCA.’’