Hyderabad: The Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) will continue to be without the much-needed Ombudsman. The Annual General Meeting (AGM), which met on Sunday at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, failed to come to a decision in appointing an Ombudsman as the club secretaries were divided in their opinion.
In a meeting which was stormy, president Mohammed Azharuddin insisted that they appoint Justice (Retd) Deepak Verma as Ombudsman but he faced stiff opposition and the other group came up with the name of Justice (Retd) Nissar Ahmed Khukroo. There was pandemonium and the meeting was adjourned before they agreed to conduct the next AGM on April 11. They also decided to select the Ombudsman through a ballot box.
The AGM, being conducted amid the Covid-19 pandemic, was held at the ground. The meeting agreed for Chief Justice (Retd) Meena Kumari as Ethics Officer. These appointments along with Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) will be announced on April 11. In Sunday’s meeting, the names of former international Sudeep Tyagi, women internationals Diana David and Shravanti Naidu were proposed although there was opposition for Tyagi, as he played for Uttar Pradesh Ranji team before shifting to Hyderabad.
In the 12-point agenda, the first five points were discussed and approved, including the 84 AGM of 2019, report of the secretary of the year 2017-18, to adopt an annual budget, to appoint auditors and fix their remuneration. The meeting got stuck and ended abruptly when the issue of the Ombudsman came up for discussion.
One of the club secretaries complained that a few of the office-bearers are deliberately avoiding the appointment of an Ombudsman.
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