Mohammad Azharuddin to contest for Hyderabad Cricket Association’s president post

My effort is for the betterment of cricket in Telangana and I want the game to come up in the new state, says Azharuddin.

Mohammad Azharuddin, former India cricket captain and also a former Congress MP, is set to to file his nomination for the post of president in the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA).

“Yes, will be filing my nomination on Tuesday,” confirmed Azharuddin, speaking to media.”I would like to bring some change and I will work hard to bring more talent in Indian cricket.”

According to a report in The Hindu, the 53-year-old said: “I want to serve Hyderabad cricket. It is in doldrums now despite the team making it to the Ranji Trophy semi-finals this year. The fact of the matter is that there is no development of the game and there are corruption issues in the HCA. I want to ensure that cricket flourishes in Telangana”.

“My effort is for the betterment of cricket in Telangana. I want the game to come up in the new state. There are many issues that need to be addressed. I have heard stories of nepotism and corruption in selection. In the under-14, six new players are added to the team after every match. This is shocking,” he said.

Pointing out “ill-treatment” to talented players, the former skipper said: “Hyderabad lost two very good players to Andhra and one went to Bengal. How could the HCA allow them to go and play for other states. Cricket sadly has taken a backseat and that is what I want to change.”

The former right-hand batsman played 99 Tests and 334 ODIs for India. He was banned by the Board of Control for Cricket in India for match-fixing offences in 2000. In 2002, the ban was lifted. He later joined politics and became a Member of Parliament, winning on a Congress ticket from Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, in 2009.