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The Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) has expelled former Test cricketer and president Arshad Ayub and former secretary K John Manoj on charges of `misappropriation of funds’. The decision was unanimously taken by the members during the 83rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, on Sunday (May 28).
It has been reported that bunch of notorious activities have been identified to be taking place with the involvement of the officials. A cluster of names other than that of the two high-ranking officials has also come under the scanner.
“The General Body had unanimously decided on expelling both Ayub and Manoj for misappropriation of funds. It has also authorised the Apex Council to take action against others who were involved in swindling the association funds,” HCA secretary T Shesh Narayan told ToI.
“Some of the others who are under the scanner are Narender Goud, Adnan Mahmood, P Yadgiri and Suryaprakash. Even those who had taken the `food’ contracts are being investigated as a lot of mischiefs has been discovered in it,” Shesh said.
It was also the first time when an AGM was held without an Annual report being submitted before the members. The related officials cited ‘problems with the accounts’ as the reason behind it.
“It is for the first time in the HCA history that we had an AGM without the Annual Report. It is a shame. When members questioned the officials, they said they had some problems with the accounts and hence the Annual Report could not be prepared. The Annual Report is not only about the accounts as 80 percent of the contents refer to the cricketing affairs during the last one year,” a former office-bearer said.
Arshad Ayub, however, hasn’t accepted the claims made by the board members. He states this move as vindictive as he had suspended a few officials before.
“Not now or never have I taken a rupee from the Association,” Ayub said. “In fact, I can say that I have never misappropriated any funds in my entire life. The Deloitte’s audit report had pointed out many anomalies which have been going on in the association for the last 25 years.
“I had given the auditors a free hand to probe the accounts. I had also given an undertaken to correct the wrongs and did set a lot of things alright. This is nothing but vindictive behaviour. I had suspended them on valid grounds and they are now trying to get back at me. Let them prove the charges.”
The HCA has also come up with a contract-based system for the Ranji and Under-19 players. The idea has been panned out with an aim of creating more interest in the game at the youth level and also stop the clubs from leasing out teams to academies.
“The HCA will be the first association to do this. We have also decided to send our teams to the districts to play against them. This will improve the standards there and also create more interest among the youth,” he added.
“No longer can any secretary lease out his team to academies and others. We are also appointing a retired IPS officer to head the anti-corruption unit which will look into all these aspects,” he added. The opposition, however, said the AGM was a farce.