Hyderabad: The Hyderabad Cricket Association club secretaries, including former Indian cricketers N Shivlal Yadav, Venkatapathy Raju, Arshad Ayub, Noel David, former secretary John Manoj along with other club secretaries met the Committee of Administrators and requested them to conduct elections at the earliest so as to run the game smoothly.
Over 100 club secretaries have signed the petition and the body led by Arshad said that it is time to conduct elections as HCA has fully complied with the Lodha Committee recommendations. The two of the three-member CoA panel– retired Super Court judge Anil Dave and retired High Court Judge GV Seethapathy – responded positively, according to the members who met them at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Sunday.
“We have compiled with Lodha recommendations. A report has been filed and the BCCI acknowledged the receipt of the matter. We have requested the CoA of Hyderabad to conduct the elections at the earliest. Elections are important as all the committees have to be decided in the general body. The committees like selection committee, standing committees, women, men, junior men selection committees and talent hunt committees have to be appointed in general body. Without a general body, we can’t run the administration. The new season is going to start in June. We want to finish all these formalities before the start of the season. So we have requested the CoA to get the election done with,” said Arshad Ayub.
Ayub further said it is the democratic way of running things. “That’s why we have asked for elections. Although Shivlal (Yadav) and myself will not be in administration, we want to help the association. Former cricketers want to help them. Elected members should take over and run the association as per the association constitution,” he added.
He further revealed that the administrators responded positively. “Since Supreme Court has appointed amicus curiae PS Narasimha to solve these issues, we have asked them to take up the issue with him. They responded positively. They are going to interact with BCCI as well as newly appointed amicus curie. They will talk to them and come back with a date.”
One of the secretaries also added that the current CEO is not eligible for running cricket. “CoA do not have any power and the CEO doesn’t know anything about cricket. Cricket is being run by non-cricketers. We want a special AGM for the appointment of CEO, Ombudsman,” he added.