Hyderabad: Players picked at the Open selections have impressed Hyderabad Cricket Association secretary T. Sheshnarayan, who sees a couple of bright sparks in the pack.
“These boys are doing better than the others (on regular two-day league teams) Shesh also said the HCA would take punitive action against secretaries of affiliated clubs that are faltering.and I am proud of them. Some of them are talented but do not have the resources. A couple of them are sure to play for the state,” he said.
“Some of them are giving away places on their teams for money. There are impostors in some teams as well. This will have to stop. Our Anti-Corruption unit is on the job and will clean up the system,” he said.
He issued a strong warning to those indulging in unfair practices. “Those who cannot run their clubs and are using them as money spinners should surrender them,” Shesh said.
“I have the full backing of the Apex Council and want to instill fear among erring players and authorities by taking stern action,” Shesh said.
The HCA has stopped giving freebies to clubs — no free grounds or balls. “We have asked them to identify or hire their own home grounds since we are providing development fund,” Shesh said.
On the women’s front, matches are being held at the school level. “The camp at Gymkhana ground is on and we have taken about 60 girls under our wing,” said Subhadra Suri, women cricketers’ representative on the Apex Council.
“The BCCI tournaments kickoff from November 1 and the girls are all geared up,” Subhadra said of the positive vibes in women’s circles.