Deccan Chronicle

Poll ball rolls in HCA

- DC CORRESPOND­ENT HYDERABAD, AUG. 1

Electoral list drawn up, the poll game has already begun in the Hyderabad Cricket Associatio­n. Former Test cricketer, HCA secretary and BCCI interim president N. Shivlal Yadav has emerged as the power center after officials of 57 clubs were barred from contesting/ casting votes at the HCA elections that are likely to be held next month.

Former HCA president G. Vivekanand is Shivlal’s ally even as Mohammed Azharuddin has said he wants to run for a second term as president, a move which is being ridiculed in club circles.

“We are a strong group,” Shivlal declared ahead of a meeting called on Wednesday morning at his residence to adjust the alignments.

Having held posts in the HCA over the years, heavyweigh­ts Shivlal, Arshad Ayub and G. Vinod cannot contest elections owing to Lodha Reforms but they hold sway over a considerab­le chunk of voters. “All we care for now is to see that the HCA does not suffer further,” Shivlal said.

Shivlal pointed to foul play in the State cricket body’s finances. “To me, more than the elections, it is the HCA accounts that need to be settled first and circulated to the members at the General Body Meeting. For the last three years, there has been no audit... no one knows how much money has come, how much has been spent, on what. I would like to request Justice Nageswara Rao to please take up the issue of accounts as well as a lot of corruption has taken place during this period,” he said.

“More than 35 players have been sent as part of Hyderabad squads for various State tournament­s conducted by the BCCI. The members would like to know who paid for those trips?” he questioned.

 ?? ?? Exhausted Under-16 cricketers sit on the street as they wait to be called in for selection trials at the Rajiv Gandhi Internatio­nal Cricket Stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad, on Tuesday.
Exhausted Under-16 cricketers sit on the street as they wait to be called in for selection trials at the Rajiv Gandhi Internatio­nal Cricket Stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad, on Tuesday.

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