HCA appoints ad-hoc Senior Selection Committee just four days ahead of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy
HYDERABAD: With just four days left before Hyderabad take on Punjab in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament in Chandigarh on November 8, the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) officials were finally able to cobble together the Senior Selection Committee.
The Apex Council, which meet on Monday, have decided to appoint an ad-hoc committee to select the team for the T20 tournament.
"As we don't have time to call for the General Body meeting and with the tournament starting on November 8, the Apex Council has opted for an ad-hoc selection panel. The panel will select the Hyderabad team for the Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament only," secretary R Vijayanand told ToI on Monday.
"The General Body will be held later in the month and the appointments will be made at that time. This will be done much before the start of the Ranji Trophy," he added.
It is learnt that RA Swaroop will be the chairman of the committee. The other members are: P Jyothi Prasad, Ehteshamuddin Ali Khan, Ahmed Quadri and MV Ramanamurthy.
The HCA had appointed a three-member CAC during its AGM in July but it never got off the ground. They had also appointed the Junior Selection Committee but left the composition of the Senior Selection Committee to the CAC which comprised SL Venkatapathi Raju, MV Narasimha Rao and Purnima Rau. However, the members never took charge and therefore the Committee of Administrators (CoA) had to ask last year's senior selectors to select the team for the Vijay Hazare Trophy which was held in September-October.
The team finished seventh in Elite Group A & B with 18 points to their credit. Out of the eight matches, Hyderabad won four and lost three games and one was a no result.
The question is whether the selectors will be able to do a just job as they don't have time on their hand. According to sources, the team will be selected on Tuesday. "There is nothing much the selectors can do as they will have to just go by the previous records and choose the team. Such a situation should have been avoided," sources said.
In other decisions, the Apex Council, it is learnt, has decided to request the Telangana government to allow the association to purchase the land on which the RGIC Stadium was built. The land was given to the HCA on a 30-year lease and it is learnt that only a few years are remaining of that period.
The HCA has been facing shortage of grounds to conduct the league matches and hence they also want to request the government to allot land on the outskirts.
The Apex Council also discussed the arrangements to be made for the India vs West Indies T20I match to the held in the city on December 11.