HCA announces prize money for leagues
HYDERABAD: The Hyderabad Cricket Association has decided to offer prize money for its various League championships in the 2009-2010 season.
HCA secretary M.V. Sridhar informed the media on Tuesday that all League championship winning teams would be given Rs. 50,000 each and the runners-up Rs. 25,000.
“We have also decided to give ‘best player’ and the ‘most promising cricketer’ awards in all age groups from under-14 to Ranji Trophy, and present each of them Rs. 1 lakh as incentive. Even the remuneration of the coaches and the selectors of the relevant age groups will be doubled if their respective teams win any national championships,” Mr. Sridhar said.Early start
The league is starting early as the HCA wants to complete nine three-day matches before the start of the Buchi Babu and the Moin-ud-Dowla Gold Cup championships so as to give the players adequate chance to show their form, he said.
This year, all of the leagues will have only 14 instead of the regular 20 teams. In the Moin-ud-Dowla Gold Cup, this time there will be only eight teams (all State teams and no private teams) and the event will be played on a three-day format.BCCI vice-president N. Shivlal Yadav, Test cricketer V.V. S. Laxman, Venkatapathi Raju and Arshad Ayub will be the members of the newly-formed Cricket Advisory Committee which will make suggestions for betterment of sport.Raju to be Ranji coach
Mr. Sridhar also announced the appointment of former Test player Venkatapathi Raju as the chief coach of the Hyderabad Ranji team replacing Kanwaljit Singh who will now be assisting the coaches in charge of various age groups.
In a bid to give fillip to cricket in districts, HCA will start an under-19 tournament for districts besides appointing a qualified coach in each of the affiliated units. There are also plans to start a separate league for the district units.
“Even women’s cricket will get its due importance with the scheduling of a separate league and also an inter-State championship,” Sridhar said.ICL cricketers back
The BCCI has informed the HCA that all the ICL cricketers who relinquished their contracts with ICL (except Kaushik Reddy whose request was the last to be sent and response is still awaited) can be permitted to play in domestic cricket.Chief coaches: Ranji Trophy: S.L.V.P. Raju. Under-25: Harinarayana Rao. Under-22: Ramesh Kumar. Under-19: R. Sridhar. Under-16: Vidyuth Jaisimha. Under-14: Girish.
Selection panels: Ranji Trophy: N. P. Singh (chairman), Youraj Singh, Vanka Pratap and Vishnuvardhan. Juniors: Youraj Singh (chairman), Vijay Kumar, Naresh Sharma and Imran Mehmood. Schools: Imran Mehmood, T. Ravi Kumar, Shivaji Yadav and Riyaz Shaikh.http://www.hindu.com/2009/06/04/stories/2009060453521600.htm