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HCA to start leagues from Wednesday

Published: 14th Dec 2020 6:49 pm

Hyderabad: A lot of uncertainty prevails in Hyderabad Cricket Association even as BCCI announced the dates for the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament which starts from January 10 next year. The bitter feud between president Mohammed Azharuddin and secretary R Vijayanand has virtually led to the collapse of the administration.

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However, Vijayanand along with other Apex Council members have decided to start the new season with three-day league matches from Wednesday. This move has come in for criticism as they feel the association should have had a T20 tournament as the Mushtaq Ali tournament starts from next month instead of the three-day league.

According to HCA officials, they will conduct three-day league and T20 simultaneously. They are planning to conduct three-day leagues from Wednesday to Friday while they will hold T20 matches on Saturday. The association had conducted Covid-19 tests for umpires, scorers and players recently. All of them reportedly tested negative even though Azharuddin had serious concerns of the conduct of the leagues without a bio-bubble environment.

Naresh Sharma, joint secretary and in-charge of the leagues, said they had a formal meeting with the captains of the teams at Gymkhana ground on Monday. “So far 14 teams have submitted the full list of the players while the rest are expected to give on Wednesday. The matches will be played on seven or eight grounds with all Covid-19 precautionary measures. The players will be tested daily before the start of the match,’’ he said.

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