Azharuddin slams HCA, demands fresh elections

Azhar also found fault with how the HCA has been functioning of late with the President and the Secretary at logger-heads and the game suffering consequently.

The former India captain is also contemplating legal action after being denied to contest HCA polls.   -  V. V. Subrahmanyam

Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin demanded fresh elections to the Hyderabad Cricket Association.

"The earlier Dr. G.Vivekanand (president of HCA) quits and dissolves the body the better," Azhar informed media here on Saturday.

"I reiterate that from day one everything was done in an illegal manner by the ruling group. They have been consistently violating all the guidelines of the Justice Lodha panel recommendations," he said.

"The letters from the BCCI top brass stating that there is no bar on me from holding any posts either in the ICC\BCCI or any State Association and also the identity cards issued by the then HCA Secretary T. Seshnarayan to attend the last SGM (on January 7, 2017), are proof that the HCA president is lying repeatedly in my case," Azhar said.

"I am contemplating to initiate legal action against the then ad hoc panel chairman of HCA P.C. Jain and others who were involved in denying my fundamental right to contest the HCA elections (for presidentship) in January 2017 by suppressing this communication. It was criminal on their part to treat me like that," he said.

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"I also make it clear that I have no animosity against any individual including the HCA president. I have never been of that kind in my life. But, at the same time, I make it clear giving a new direction to the sport in the State and in Hyderabad are my topmost objectives now," he said.

The former India captain said that they had already written to the top brass of the BCCI about what was happening in the HCA and waiting for a positive response.

"We will wait for a couple of weeks and then planning to meet them personally along with senior cricketers like Shivbhai (N. Shivlal Yadav), Raju and others," Azhar explained.

Azhar questioned the authority of former HCA president G. Vinod in sitting on the dias on the HCA meetings. "For someone who is charge-sheeted by the ACB, he is not supposed to occupy important positions in the HCA functions," he said.

Azhar also found fault with how the HCA has been functioning of late with the President and the Secretary at logger-heads and the game suffering consequently.

"The TPL being conducted by the HCA is illegal. You have to have a Governing Council to run it and also must get the permission from the BCCI. I tell you they have not done anything to promote cricket in the districts," Azhar said.

"Let me make it clear. I have not registered with UP Cricket Association as was being alleged. Neither I am connected with the Telangana Cricket Association too. My affiliation will be only with Hyderabad and HCA. With the support of all the members, I am here to clean up the mess," he concluded.