HCA’s general body recommended the name of Shivlal Yadav, leaving the association president Azharuddin questioning the legality of the AGM’s decision

The general body of the HCA recommended the name of Shivlal Yadav, leaving the association president Azharuddin questioning the legality of the AGM’s decision © Getty
After days of waiting, the state associations received a mail from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on Friday (May 28), over the timing of the Saturday’s virtual Special General Meeting (SGM). The one-line mail mentioned that the timing is 12 noon, but the link and password for the virtual gathering was still not shared, leaving the states curios about the continued delay over the basic information.
But it is not as simple as it appears as the SGM has left the BCCI in a quandary with two factions in Hyderabad seeking to attend. The general body of the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) recommended the name of former BCCI president Shivlal Yadav, leaving the association president Mohammad Azharuddin questioning the legality of the AGM’s decision. He had declared that the April 11 general body has no locus standi.
The standoff between two former cricketers from Hyderabad has left the BCCI squirreling for details, as a decision to allow Shivlal would virtually render Azharuddin’s standing as the president of the HCA untenable. If he were to be allowed to attend, the BCCI will have disregarded a general body’s resolution. In view of this dilemma, the BCCI did not send the mail to either Azharuddin or Shivlal. It instead sent the Friday morning mail on the timing to HCA’s official id. The mail with the link and password for the virtual meeting, expected to be shared by the evening, will have immense significance to Hyderabad cricket.
Meanwhile, the BCCI has authorized its legal department to advise on the matter. The BCCI lawyers have been speaking to the HCA secretary since Thursday and have sought details of the April 11 AGM. BCCI secretary Jay Shah is also believed to have spoken to the key members of the association. A decision is expected to come later in the day.
“We will know by evening,” the former India captain told Cricbuzz. On the other hand, the former India spinner said attending an SGM is not big deal for someone, who was once a BCCI president himself. “I have held the highest position in the BCCI (he was an acting president during 2014-15). If the BCCI decides I should attend, I will do so in the interest of Hyderabad cricket,” Shivlal told.
The Saturday’s SGM will decide on the future of cricket in India in view of the pandemic situation. It is expected to take decisions on the staging of the T20 World Cup and the scheduling of the domestic games for the coming season. Above all, it will finalise where, when and how to hold the unfinished 31 games of the Indian Premier League (IPL).