Staff Reporter

Elections being held for the first time for its posts

Both parties are involved in mudslinging

Warring groups may settle for a unanimous election

VIJAYAWADA: Saturday will be remembered for a long time by the cricketing fraternity of Andhra Cricket Association for more than one reason. Never in the history of ACA, elections were held for the post of office-bearers and never the administrators were indulged in unpleasant war of words, levelling allegations against one another.

In fact, the very face of cricket in Andhra region is likely to undergo a sea change once elections are held on Saturday.

The 54th annual general meeting of the ACA at Vijayawada Club on the banks of River Krishna will witness two panels contesting for the coveted posts, one led by the incumbent secretary N. Venkata Rao’s group, supporting MP Lagadapati Rajagopal for the post of president and the other led by V. Chamundeswaranath, which has S.L. Narayana Rao running for president’s post.

Tough fight

A section of ACA administrators raised the flag of revolt against Mr. Venkata Rao, who has completed six terms totalling 24 years as general secretary of the ACA, and fielded former Andhra Ranji skipper Mr. Chamudeswaranath against him. Much to the surprise of everyone, Mr. Venkata Rao nominated Mr. Rajagopal to the post of president and what followed was mudslinging by both the groups.

A total of 39 votes will be cast on Saturday, comprising 11 by ACA office-bearers, 16 by the representatives of affiliated clubs and 12 by the representatives of district associations’ (barring that of West Godavari). “Though both the groups are claiming comfortable margin, anything is possible.

One may not be surprised if the warring groups settle for a unanimous election at the last minute,” opined a veteran cricketer.

As some district associations are likely to be represented by both presidents and secretaries belonging to both groups, it will be up to the president of the ACA, who would be in the chair, to decide who should attend the meeting.

West Godavari Cricket Association administrators may not be allowed to participate in the meeting, as an ad hoc body constituted by the ACA runs the association.

The fate of representatives of the Venkatagiri Cricket Club remains uncertain, as the club is caught in a legal tangle.

Major issues

The other major issues on the agenda include confirming the details of the annual general meeting held at Rajahmundry on June 26, 2006, to receive and adopt the audited statement for accounts for the year 2006-2007; approving the budget estimates for the year 2007-2008 to be presented by the Executive committee; adoption of annual report for the year 2006-2007 to be presented by the Executive Committee; and appointing auditor(s) and fixing remuneration.