Former Indian skipper Mohammad Azharuddin has come hard at the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) for not allowing him to attend the Special Body Meeting which was held on Sunday at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. The meeting started in the morning, and it was alleged the former skipper was asked to wait outside for more than an hour.
However, he was allowed to enter the stadium only when he pointed out that he was a former Indian skipper and a former member of the association. The former skipper was not happy with the surroundings and hence when the meeting ended Azharuddin expressed his dissatisfaction over the current state of affairs. He further raised allegations of corruption against the members of the Hyderabad Cricket Association and said that the association needs to dissolve at once.
“Players are lamenting that they have to pay lakhs of money to play matches. You cannot run an organisation on ‘whims and fancies’. This is not somebody’s home; this is an organisation, which is running from 1932,” Azhar was quoted as saying by the Deccan Chronicle.
Azhar further asked every other member to support his organization to boost the young and budding cricketers who have been denied any opportunities at the top level due to the involvement of the corrupt individuals.
“They made me wait outside for an hour. It was very embarrassing. I am a player from Hyderabad and had been the Indian team captain for ten years. These people, who are running the organisation know nothing about cricket. They had never held a bat and a ball in their life. If you all support my membership, I promise I will solve your problems,” added Azhar.
The charismatic former skipper led the side in 47 Tests during the 1990’s. He had a premature end to his international career in the year 2000 when he was implicated during the infamous match-fixing scandal He was subsequently banned by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) along with a few other cricketers. The High Court lifted his ban in 2012.
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