HCA: Azhar declares Apex Council meeting illegal

Vijayanand says they have not violated any law as five members attended the meeting

By   |  Sports Bureau  |  Published: 4th May 2021  7:39 pm

Hyderabad: The ongoing struggle for power in the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) continued unabated as president Mohammed Azharuddin declared the Apex Council, held on Tuesday, as illegal.

The former Indian skipper, who is having a bitter feud with five Apex Council members, said: “I am given to understand that some tainted members of the APEX council, who are facing an enquiry under 41(1)(b) of the HCA constitution are scheduling meetings of the APEX council in violation of 7(1)(a) of the constitution which is self-indicative of the collapse of administration in HCA.

“All I want to say is, let’s go by the constitution, those facing an enquiry should get their names cleared by the enquiry authority before the administration can resume. It is unfortunate that members facing charges want to sit in APEX meetings by painting themselves white. I cannot allow this and will use all legal options to prevent the collapse of moral and ethical Governance in HCA,’’ he concluded.

But secretary R Vijayanand reiterated that they have the majority in the Apex Council and the president is the lone member who is opposing the meeting. “We had given 15 days for holding this Apex Council meeting. “In Azharuddin’s absence, vice president John Manoj chaired the meeting. We have not violated any law and the meeting is legal as five members attended it,’’ he said.

The secretary said in the meeting they had ratified whatever was discussed in the April 11 Annual General Meeting like the appointment of the CEO, Cricket Advisory Committee. “We also decided to revive the pension to the players. We have granted Rs 5 lakh to the family members of Ranji cricketer Ashwin Yadav, who passed away recently.’’

According to Vijayanand, due to the rapid rise in Covid-19 cases, they have decided not to hold any summer camps this year. “We have decided to revamp the league system and for that, we have asked the league committee to give a report.’’

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