Hyderabad: The simmering row at the Hyderabad Cricket Association involving the women's senior selection committee erupted on Wednesday with the resignation of two of its members, including the committee chairperson, citing harassment by a highranking HCA official.
S. Rajani Venugopal, in the resignation letter addressed to HCA's president and secretary, wrote the “harsh tone“ used by the official in question “was totally uncalled for“ and that the “episode has deeply hurt“ her conscience and her “integrity has been questioned.“
Expressing solidarity with Rajani as well as citing similar harassment selection committee member and BCCI South Zone convenor (women's cricket), Vidya Yadav, also quit her post. The last straw was the selection of a certain cricketer to the Hyderabad senior women's team.
The official allegedly had called up Rajani and sought an explanation for the said player's selection.
Rajani wrote: “There was no dispute among my colleagues regarding the selection of this particular player.“
She further added this wasn't a solitary incident. “I am being questioned every time about the selections (sic) by one official or the other, who are no way concerned with the selection process, asking me to give explanation in writing for inclusion/ exclusion of any player.“
Vidya, in a separate letter, alleged humiliation by a former Hyderabad cricketer. “It has hurt our dignity and humanity,“ she wrote, adding she too was resigning from her position....