Hyderabad: There is an air of optimism in the Telangana Cricket Association (TCA) camp with Vinod Rai-headed Committee of Administrators (CoA) of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announcing a new constitution. According to Dharam Guruva Reddy, secretary of TCA, the TCA will put forth a demand for a Telangana association on the lines of Maharashtra.
In the new constitution, Mumbai has been removed as full member and will be a part of Maharashtra. As per new law, each State shall be represented by a State cricket association duly recognised by the BCCI and such associations shall be full members. No State shall have more than one full member at any given point of time.
Reddy said Telangana CA should disaffiliate from Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) and participate in the national championship. “As you are aware, cricket in Telangana districts has been long neglected by the HCA. There is no development of the game all these years. The district players have been repeatedly overlooked in the Hyderabad teams.
“We as TCA want to provide the district players justice. We are streamlining the system in all the 31 districts. We are in the process of getting recognition from BCCI,’’ said Reddy.
According to Reddy, the TCA is scheduled to meet the CoA on March 23 to get a clear picture on the issue. “We are very positive about the outcome on March 23. We have been discussing with BCCI for the last two years. Our priority is to develop cricket in districts. All these 60 years or so, the HCA never showed any interest in developing the game in the districts. Instead, there are widespread allegations of corruption. The system has to be overhauled. We have promised transparency and will be in no way connected to the HCA. We are looking for associate membership in BCCI so that players in the districts have an opportunity to play in the national championship. There is tremendous talent in these areas.’’
Meanwhile, PR Man Singh, former secretary of HCA, said as such the brand name has always been Hyderabad and HCA.
“In 1934, when it was Nizam State, even then it was Hyderabad Cricket Association and not Nizam Cricket Association. With the ruler being Nizam himself, he never insisted on calling HCA as Nizam Cricket Association.’’
“When the reorganisation of the State took place and became composite Andhra Pradesh, even then it continued to be HCA. Throughout this period, the jurisdiction of HCA was restricted to ten Telangana districts. Even in the constitution of HCA, it is ten districts.’’
Man Singh said the affiliation goes with the name of HCA. “Hyderabad is a founder member of BCCI. They cannot have two associations in one State. At the best, they can change the name of HCA to Telganana Cricket Association,’’ he insisted.
John Manoj, secretary of HCA, as one State and one vote, the HCA will continue to have its affiliation in BCCI as one of the founder members.