Uncertainty on start of new cricket season in Hyderabad

With the Annual General Meeting (AGM) too not possible on November 29 because of the GHMC elections and Covid-19, there are no clear indications on when the leagues will start

By   |  Sports Bureau  |  Published: 25th Nov 2020  6:57 pmUpdated: 25th Nov 2020  7:18 pm

Hyderabad: Although the Apex Council of the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) had approved of the new season, there is still a lot of uncertainty on the commencement of the leagues.

Headed by joint secretary Naresh Sharma, the league committee had come up with a schedule of the delayed three-day leagues with `all Standard Operating procedures (SOP)’ but it ran into rough weather as president Mohd Azharuddin failed to give the nod. He feels it is still not conducive to hold matches given the present Covid-19 situation.

“It is still in a fluid condition. I doubt whether the Government will give the permission. It is not possible to conduct matches in a bio-bubble environment here given the large number of clubs. I too want to start the leagues but we are all helpless. We need to be patient. Also, how can the league matches be held without selectors? asked Azharuddin.

With the Annual General Meeting (AGM) too not possible on November 29 because of the GHMC elections and Covid-19, there are no clear indications on when the leagues will start.

Meanwhile, a few of Apex Council members have urged Azharuddin to start the league citing the examples of Karnataka, Kerala and Andhra.

The Karnataka State Cricket Association started the one-day tournament from November 20 and it will end on December 6. About 133 Bengaluru-based clubs will participate and about 118 matches will be conducted. The KSCA have ensured Standard Operating procedures (SOP) are strictly implemented during the matches. The KSCA will also prominently display all the SOPS by way of standees placed at all the 20 venues.


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