HCA accepts Lodha recommendations

It is clear that the HCA top brass is hopeful of getting a clear picture on who can contest once the Supreme Court final verdict will be out in the first week of December on the Lodha panel recommendations.

The Lodha recommendations have come under the scanner with many associations disagreeing with the proposals put forward by the Supreme Court appointed committee.   -  R.V Moorthy

Hyderabad Cricket Association, at its Special General Meeting here on Sunday, passed the one-point resolution adopting the recommendations of the Supreme Court-appointed Justice Lodha panel.

HCA president Arshad Ayub briefly read out the one-line resolution suggesting that it is accepting the recommendations and asking whether all the members were agreeing to it.

And, then immediately, the entire executive committee left the venue leading to noisy scenes with many, though not opposing the recommendations, insisting on a debate and clarifications point-by-point.

“This is not a meeting convened to debate but to pass the one-point agenda. We have fulfilled our written commitment to the honourable High Court in Hyderabad in this regard now,” HCA Secretary K. John Manoj informed Sportstar after the meeting.

“There is no other option for us but to accept these guidelines. Now, we will submit the minutes of this meeting to the Supreme Court, Justice Lodha panel and to the High Court here. Effectively, we wanted to convey to these three bodies that we are willing to abide by whatever recommendations they are going to make even with regard to election process which is the next step,” John explained.

“Yes, we are now ready for the election process whenever it is felt mandatory as per the new norms and guidelines of Justice Lodha. The only subject we are keen to get a clarification is that since the existing tenure of the office-bearers is for three years meaning that our tenure is cut short by two years, so we are not sure who will be eligible to contest again from the existing body in respect of the cooling period of three years as suggested by the Lodha panel,” John explained to a query.

“There is no need for any of the existing office-bearers to resign. We have the right to conduct the election process,” he asserted

It is clear that the HCA top brass is hopeful of getting a clear picture on who can contest once the Supreme Court final verdict will be out in the first week of December on the Lodha panel recommendations.

For their part, former HCA Secretary Seshadri Venkateswaran pointed out that they were not against the recommendations but insisted that there should have been a discussion on the pros and cons. “But unfortunately, the entire council left the venue forcing us to ask the senior member Prakash Chand Jain to chair the meeting and debate point by point which lasted for 30 minutes,” he pointed out.

The meeting was attended among those by former HCA Secretary Dr. M.V. Sridhar, all the incumbent office-bearers and majority of the voting members. Interestingly, former BCCI president and former HCA Secretary N. Shivlal Yadav was not present but sent his representatives.