Hyderabad: In a significant development, the BCCI invited both Hyderabad Cricket Association president Mohammed Azharuddin and secretary R Vijayanand to attend Friday and Sunday’s virtual meeting. Perhaps, it was the only association where two officials attended the BCCI meeting.
This comes as an anti-climax after much debate that took place during the virtual Special General Meeting (SGM) of the BCCI when Azharuddin was asked to represent the association despite the Vijayanand group sending former Test off-spinner N Shivlal Yadav’s name. It was regarded as a big morale victory for Azharuddin. Now with Vijayanand attending the meeting, the situation gets more curious.
“I was asked to attend the virtual meeting and was present in both the meetings along with Azharuddin,” said Vijayanand, who also informed that all the HCA official communication to BCCI is routed through their CEO Suneel Kante. This comes in marked contrast to Azharuddin’s statement that Kante has no official approval as CEO.
Vijayanand went one step further by saying they were waiting for their Ombudsman Justice (retd) Nisar Ahmed Kakru to act on the suspension letter given to Azharuddin. “We do not recognize Justice (retd) Deepak Verma as the Ombudsman and the Annual General Meeting had approved Justice Kakru’s name for this post. The president walked away without completing the agenda and the vice president presided over that meeting,” he said.
Azharuddin had served notices to all the Apex Council members—Vijayanand, vice president John Manoj, joint secretary Naresh Sharma, treasurer Surender Agarwal and Councillor Anuradha—and is waiting for the orders from Justice Verma.
Meanwhile, Kalakuntla Mallikarjun, the Siddipet District Cricket Association, in a letter to Azharuddin has asked HCA to allow the district to play in the local league as per the State High Court orders.
However, Vijayanand said that letter was for 2020-21 season and had not relevance for the new season,
SATS extends support to Azhar
The Sports Authority of Telangana State (SATS) chairman Allipuram Venkateshwar Reddy has extended support to Azharuddin. In a letter to the president, Reddy said he is happy that Azharuddin has said he will develop the game in the state.
“But, cricket in the 33 districts of Telangana State is still unorganized, and HCA has to give affiliation to all the 33 districts under it, to develop cricket from grassroots.”
“We will also be happy if the HCA takes an initiative to give more affiliations to the clubs/teams in the districts, equal to the twin cities clubs/teams,” he said.
In this context, Reddy said he supports Azharuddin to decide on enhancing the club/teams in the districts.
Reddy also asked the president to take stringent measures against corruption.
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