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Hyderabad Cricket Association officials in poll mode

Special Correspondent
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Heads or tails?:IAS officer Pradeep Chandra and HCA officials S. Venkateshwaran and D. S. Chalapathi before the start of a friendly match at Gymkhana Grounds in Hyderabad.— Photo: Special Arrangement
Heads or tails?:IAS officer Pradeep Chandra and HCA officials S. Venkateshwaran and D. S. Chalapathi before the start of a friendly match at Gymkhana Grounds in Hyderabad.— Photo: Special Arrangement

The scheduled final report of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), investigating into the alleged misappropriation of funds in the construction of Rajiv Gandhi Stadium by the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA), by the month-end has cast a shadow on HCA polls.

With all the key HCA office-bearers' interrogation complete, the battle-lines are clearly drawn. It became quite apparent when secretaries of the various clubs played ‘friendlies' at Gymkhana Grounds on Sunday.

In what was the first hint of the re-alignment of forces for the elections in June, loyalists of Shivlal Yadav conveyed in clear terms that they are not going to support some of the current members of the executive committee. Serious efforts are also on to bring back former Minister G. Vinod as president.

Negotiations are on for deciding candidates for other posts. Incumbent secretary D. S. Chalapathi has already informed his confidants that he was not keen to seek a re-election. “We have not taken any decision but the options are always open in any election till the last minute,” remarked Mr. Yadav, BCCI vice-president and also HCA vice-president.

Some of his supporters have vowed that even if Mr. Yadav wanted to accommodate his detractors at a later stage they would not allow it. “We have had enough of humiliation from them. We might not support him also if he has a change of heart,” declared a club secretary.

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