Three months after the NGRI certified that the Moin-ud-Dowla Gold Cup was not made of gold, the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HACA) has now approached a Kolkata-based firm for a second opinion on the issue.
The NGRI which conducted tests on the cup certified that it was made of an alloy of copper, silver and gold and valued that the cup would cost not more that Rs. 90,000. Hitherto, the notion was that the Moin-ud-Dowla cup was made of gold and the HCA was paying a fee of Rs. 60,000 per year to a bank for its safe keeping in a locker.
HCA president Arshad Ayub justified the decision to approach the Kolkata-based firm saying it was the suggestion of majority of the association's executive committee.
“The biggest problem is that even the NGRI report could not determine the age of the existing cup. This effectively means there is no way we can pin point the culprits if at all any fabrication was done to the original gold cup,” he said.