Mohammed Azharuddin
Azharuddin was appointed the President of HCA in September 2019.

In a surprising turn of events, former Team India skipper Mohammed Azharuddin has been removed as the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA). The decision was reportedly taken unanimously after Azharuddin allegedly violated certain rules of HCA.

The council cited pending cases against the 58-year-old as the reason behind this step and also issued him a show-cause notice. Azharuddin was appointed the President of HCA in September 2019.

“After considering the complaints made by the members against you (Azharuddin), it was decided at the Apex Council meeting on the 10th of this month to issue a show-cause notice on the ground that you have acted in violation of the rules.

“The Apex Council is suspending you and your membership of HCA is being terminated until completion of the inquiry on these complaints,” the show-cause notice from the apex body said.

There has been constant chatter regarding his appointment as the President, with many members of the board expressing their dissatisfaction over some of the decisions taken by him.

There have also been allegations that the former cricketer has been taking decisions unilaterally without any consultation from fellow members of the board whatsoever. It has also been reported that Azharuddin is a mentor at a private cricket club in Dubai.

The Dubai-based club participates in a T10 league that has no recognition from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Azharuddin’s association with the club is a case of conflict of interest.

Despite all the controversies, his status as the president of HCA can be reinstated after the investigation in the matter is completed.

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