V. V. Subrahmanyam
HYDERABAD: Nandlal Shivlal Yadav, secretary of Hyderabad Cricket Association, is all set to become one of the five vice-presidents as the South Zone nominee in the Board of Control for Cricket in India at its annual general body meeting in Mumbai on September 27.
The former India off-spinner’s pronounced preference was the joint-secretary’s post which he was offered the last time but had to say no as then he was busy with the construction work of Rajiv Gandhi Stadium (Uppal). “Definitely, it would have been a more challenging job dealing with juniors’ cricket directly,” he said in a chat with The Hindu before preparing to leave for the BCCI meeting. The changed scenario also forced Shivlal to relent as Mr. N. Srinivasan, incumbent treasurer of BCCI, is all set to take over as the next BCCI secretary from Niranjan Shah. Since the general guiding principle is that both the secretary and the joint-secretary should not be from the same zone (Srinivasan hails from Tamil Nadu), the HCA secretary had no option but to agree for the vice-president’s post. Interestingly, Shivlal happens to be the only qualified person by virtue of attending, mandatory minimum two AGMs. The other contender Brijesh Patel from Karnataka attended only one and this time Vijay Mallya is representing KSCA at the meeting. “The main agenda from my side will be to press for formally granting Test status to the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium. Since we have fulfilled all the mandatory obligations and with even ICC observer Allan Hurst also certifying the venue to be fit for the same, I don’t foresee any problems in getting the final nod,” Shivlal explained.
The HCA secretary also said that the entire stands would have a canopy roofing very soon as the tender had already been called for the purpose. Meanwhile, HCA has decided in principle to collect gate money for the four-day match between Australia and Board President’s XI from October 2 at Rajiv Gandhi stadium with the denomination being Rs. 100 (only one category) on Eastern and Western Stands.