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Azhar banned from contesting in HCA polls

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PNS | Hyderabad

Former Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) president Mohd Azharuddin has been banned from contesting in the HCA elections being held on October 20 by the Justice Lavu Nageswara Rao Committee.

The Justice Lavu Nageswara Rao Committee took this decision as Azharuddin functioned as the president of Deccan Blues when he was the HCA president. The Committee disqualified Azharuddin for violating HCA guidelines.

The Justice Lavu Nageswara Rao Committee took the decision to remove Azharuddin’s name from the HCA voters’ list.

It may be recalled that the HCA election notification was released on September 30 by VS Sampath. Elections will be held for the posts of HCA president, vice president, secretary, assistant secretary, treasurer and executive committee posts.

Nominations can be filed from October 11 to 13 and scrutiny will be held on October 14. The last date for the withdrawal of nominations is October 16. Polling will be held on October 20 and the results will be announced on the same day evening.

Several cases are pending in courts due to differences between Azharuddin and other HCA executive committee members. The Supreme Court, after dealing with many of these cases, said that conducting elections is the only solution to clear the confusion in the HCA.

The Supreme Court appointed a committee under the supervision of Justice Nisar Ahmad Kakru in August 2022 to look after HCA affairs. However, differences arose among members of the Justice Kakru Committee.

As a result, the Supreme Court disbanded the Justice Kakru Committee and appointed former justice Lavu Nageshwara Rao to look after the HCA’s day-to-day functions and supervise HCA elections.

In December 2000, Azharuddin was handed a life ban by the BCCI for his alleged involvement in match-fixing. However, after a long-drawn legal battle, the United Andhra Pradesh High Court revoked the ban in 2012 terming it illegal.

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