Decks cleared for smooth functioning of HCA

All the members of the Apex Council agreed to resolve their differences and work together as one team for the betterment of Hyderabad cricket.

The decks have been cleared for a smoother functioning of the Hyderabad Cricket Association, at least with regards to the selection of the state teams.

The Steering Committee, headed by India great V.V.S. Laxman and including Rajini Venugopal, Vidya Yadav (former India captain Mohd Azharuddin was away in Bengaluru and couldn’t attend), had a meeting with the Apex Council here on Monday to resolve one major contentious issue — selection of State teams.

It may be mentioned here that two groups picked two separate teams and it resulted in Hyderabad being denied entry in the KSCA invitation tournament at the start of this season.

“We had a very constructive meeting this morning with all the members of the HCA Apex council including K. Anil Kumar (president in-charge), T. Seshnarayan (HCA secretary), Mahender Reddy (treasurer), Ajmal Asad (joint secretary) and Hanumanthu,” according to Laxman.

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The agenda of the day was the formation of Cricket Players Association of Hyderabad.

“An electoral officer (Former election commissioner) will be appointed at the earliest to facilitate the formation of the CPAH,” it is said.

“It was decided that once the electoral officer is available, we will have the election as early as September 9 or 15. And, it was also decided and agreed upon, that until the CPAH is formed, no player representative, male or female, will be part of the HCA Apex Council,” Laxman informed.

“It was great to see all the members of the Apex Council come together to the meeting. They agreed to resolve their differences and work together as one team for the betterment of Hyderabad cricket,” he said.

“They also held out the assurance that the selection committees, coaches and support staff for various HCA teams, men and women, will be announced shortly in keeping with the rules so that there is no hindrance for the players to participate in the upcoming domestic season,” it is explained.

“Since they have expressed the desire to work together, it was agreed at the meeting that the remaining Apex Council members would formalise the composition of the selection committees, coaches and support staff for various teams. Once the Players Representatives join the Apex Council, the situation will be revisited following due process,” Laxman said.

“As discussed in our meeting on September 1, all apprehensions concerning the future of the current HCA teams have been resolved amicably. We wish the teams all the very best for the upcoming season,” he concluded.