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HCA to conduct Covid tests for league players from Thursday

Published: 2nd Dec 2020 8:40 pm

Hyderabad: The Apex Council of the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) has finally taken a decision to conduct the HCA League championship matches, starting first with the three-day League.

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As part of the Government prescribed SOPs, the Association shall conduct the Covid-19 tests for the umpires, scorers and the players of the teams participating in the Leagues from Thursday (10.30 am) onwards at the Gymkhana Grounds, Secunderabad.

It was on the cards that HCA will sooner or later start the leagues. But with president Mohammed Azharuddin opposing the idea, the league schedule was put on hold. The former Indian captain in the past has not agreed for the start of the season because of Covid-19. He felt that the association cannot take the risk as far as the players’ health was concerned.

Although the BCCI has yet to announce the schedule because of the pandemic, they had sent three proposals to the associations on starting of the domestic season with T20 and Ranji Trophy tournaments.

HCA secretary R Vijayanand said they were going ahead with the Covid-19 tests and the three-day leagues will begin shortly. “We had to delay the start of the leagues because of the GHMC elections and we could not take the Covid-19 tests. But now with GHMC elections over, we are ready to start the leagues after the Covid-19 tests,’’ he said.

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