Hyderabad: Mohammad Azharuddin was not the only one who bulldozed the Hyderabad Cricket Association elections on Friday. P. Anuradha too stormed the male bastion to become the first woman to be elected to an office in the HCA. She won as Councillor.
Understandably, she is chuffed. “I never expected it to be this easy,” Anuradha, who vied for the treasurer’s post in the previous elections in 2017, enthused. “I was anticipating a tough fight and my nearest rival got pretty close,” she explained after defeating Ravinder Singh 103-81 in a three-cornered contest.
Now, the focus is clear. “I’ll work for the betterment of the game in general and women’s cricket in particular. Will strive to get them on par with the men when it comes to benefits and facilities. They should be equal,” Anuradha, a post graduate in Social Work, assured.
“This kind of work is new for me but I will prove myself worthy of the post,” Anuradha, who is wife of former treasurer P. Yadagiri, promised.
She has a fairly decent idea of the game though and is not short of inspiration. “I come from a cricketing family. My brother-in-law (late) P. Krishnamurthy played for India under the captaincy of late Ajit Wadekar (in the 1970s) during the tenure of MAK Pataudi, M. L. Jaisimha and Bishan Singh Bedi. My knowledge of the game should hold me in good stead,” she said....