Hyderabad: Taking a strong objection to the comments made by the newly-elected Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) president G Vivekanand, who said on Saturday that he doesn’t know what is Telangana Cricket Association (TCA), the TCA secretary Dharma Guruva Reddy demanded an apology for the comments.
A day after the Vivekanand took charge, Guruva Reddy said that the president should not have made such a comment and that has hurt the TCA fraternity. “We demand an apology from him.
We have been working for the development of the game in districts since three years. How can he say that he doesn’t know any other association other than the HCA? He says he will do something for Telangana cricket but there is a long history of malpractice in their association and the investigation has been going as per the Deloitte reports.
“They didn’t develop the game in 10 districts earlier, how are they doing to do it in 31 districts now. They never had a coach or ground. We, at TCA, have been working hard. Former Indian all-rounder Abid Ali has been our chief coach and training the coaches in districts. We conducted inter-district tournaments in all age categories, state level and Telangana Gold Cup and took women’s team to Gujarat,” he said.
Gurava Reddy also said that the HCA never developed the game at grassroots. “According to bylaws of HCA, they have to develop cricket in all the districts. But they never did that. His comments on TCA are derogatory. If he does not apologise we will stage a dharna. He is not bigger than cricket,” he added.
He also revealed that they have written letter to the BCCI for affiliation. “We are going to have a discussion in a couple of days with BCCI’s Committee of Administrators (CoA). The latest BCCI constitution says if there is any State or region being ignored, either BCCI should enter directly or go through the association for the development. We have applied for BCCI according to the bylaws.”