Hyderabad: In what he describes as another episode enacted by the people calling themselves as Apex Council in the ongoing struggle for power, Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) president Mohammed Azharuddin said he has pity for their vulnerability and inefficiency.
He said the convening of the Special General Meeting on July 18 as illegal. “It is a complete violation of the Rules & Regulations-2018 of HCA. The 7 (3) (d) says the secretary shall convene the Annual General Meeting, Special General Meeting, Meetings of the Apex Council and Governing Council meetings with the concurrence of the President.”
Azharuddin has asked the Apex Council to check the English dictionary and look for the meaning of concurrence and it means ‘consent and agreement’. “Illiterates tried to teach me that it means ‘notice’. I once want to mention that my concurrence was not taken for any meeting after April 30, 2021. All meetings convened after April 30 and decisions are thereof null & void.”
The former Indian captain reacted strongly after the Apex Council had decided to convene SGM on July 18 to discuss the issue of new districts. He once again said that all the five elected members, including vice-president, secretary, joint-secretary, treasurer and Councillor are facing an enquiry by the Ombudsman under Rule 41 (1) (b) for bringing disrepute to the association by secretly meeting and taking decisions.
“In their meetings, neither I, the players council members (2) nor the CAG were invited. These unilateral five have taken decisions without the knowledge of the other four. Is this not an act of disrepute? Even the High Court believes it is.”
In the three-page letter to the club secretaries, Azharuddin also clarified on his mentorship of Northern Warriors in a T10 tournament held in Abu Dhabi in February this year. “Conflict of Interest does not apply because this is not an HCA or BCCI tournament and no team from India participated.”
Azharuddin even spoke of the charges against him on his retirement. “A charge has been laid out against me that my election to HCA is invalid because I notified the BCCI of my retirement from cricket after being elected as President.” According to Azhar, there is no rule which prescribes a five year cooling period before contesting the election to the BCCI or any State association. “I have been granted membership of the State association by an order of BCCI in line with the new constitution approved by the Supreme Court.”
He stated there were few hollow charges framed by the Apex Council and further added by saying that an organized gang wants to pull down the HCA and SGM is another of those acts.
It may be noted that Apex Council had made vice president John Manoj as ‘interim president’ after it had ‘suspended’ Azharuddin as president of HCA.