Azharuddin’s nomination for HCA’s President post rejected

Azharuddin’s nomination for HCA’s President post rejected :- Hyderabad: On Saturday, the nomination for the post of President of HCA (Hyderabad Cricket Association), Former Indian Captain Mohammed Azharuddin was disqualified for the post.

Reacting to the development, Azhar said that he was sad and disappointed with the decision.

Azharuddin said that I have been cleared by the court from all charges. The president of HCA selected has the state cabinet rank.  How on earth can he qualify as per Lodha Committee rules?

On Tuesday, Azhar had filed his nomination papers for the post of President of HCA after incumbent Arshad Ayub quit office following the Supreme Court verdict on Lodha committee reforms.

Azhar is the one of the longest serving Indian captain with the distinction of leading India in three successive World Cups (1992, 1996, 1999). Azhar was banned for life by the BCCI for his alleged involvement in the match-fixing scandal that was unearthed in the year 2000.

After filing his nomination, Azhar said that the problem with Hyderabad was that cricket was not focus. We were second last in Ranji. I really want to do well for cricket. We cannot run the HCA on the whims and fancies of individuals.

He further added that I want to improve cricket at the district level because a lot of hardworking players come from districts. We have produced so many great players but now we do not have players in the Indian team. My intention is to work hard for the game of cricket.

BCCI wrote a strongly-worded letter to DDCA during the last Ranji season when Azhar was spotted sitting outside the boundary line chatting to Vidarbha players which match referee of the day took cognisance.

HCA Secretary – John Manoj told media that Yes, I was informed that Azhar came with his supporters to file nomination for HCA elections. He had an order from a lower court which allows him to contest the election. HCA elections are held on last Sunday of May but Azhar has got an order which says it would be held on January 17.

Azhar is one of the finest batsmen of his time. A touch artist – Azharuddin played 99 Tests for India scoring over 6000 runs and 24 hundred.

During UPA 2, Azhar was an MP from Moradabad but lost elections in 2014.

A few years back, He had shown interest in entering the Badminton Association of India (BAI) administration but later pulled out.