HCA chief Arshad Ayub resigns

The former India off-spinner, who returned home on Tuesday, had a meeting with his confidants and submitted the resignation on Wednesday.

Hyderabad Cricket Association president Arshad Ayub has resigned in the wake of the Supreme Court order.   -  V. V. SUBRAHMANYAM

Hyderabad Cricket Association president Arshad Ayub has resigned in the wake of the Supreme Court order. The former India off-spinner, who returned home on Tuesday, had a meeting with his confidants and submitted the resignation on Wednesday.

“The resignation will now be put before the Executive Committee which will be meeting in a couple of days,” HCA Secretary K. John Manoj told Sportstar on Wednesday.

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“We have not yet taken a decision on who should succeed him as some clarity is still needed on who is eligible from the existing body to continue,” the HCA secretary said.

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Arshad, senior vice-president P. Yadgiri, are out of contention for the next elections, and EC members Srinivas Reddy, Victor Amalraj and Moizuddin are ineligible to continue as per the Supreme Court order as they are the Government servants.

It may be recalled here that Justice Lodha panel said that any person, irrespective of the post, could be an office-bearer for no more than nine years. However, it also said that there must be a cooling off period of three years after each term.

HCA has already sought a clarification from the legal counsel of Justice Lodha panel on whether the nine-year tenure also refers to the Executive Committee members.

“We are expecting a response in the next couple of days and once we get the whole process of implementing the Supreme Court will get the impetus,” Mr. Manoj said.

“Anyhow, before January 18, all the State Associations have to be get a clear picture and it is for the BCCI to issue the guidelines for all the State units with regard to conduct of elections,” the HCA official pointed out.