“Now, we will reschedule the matches and hold them at other grounds available at various places like Osmania University, NG Ranga Agricultural University, CCMB etc. We have to do this as we do not have any other resources” he added.
Chalapathi said Defence ground comes free and it is spacious whereas anywhere else the Association has to pay for usage and also regulate the matches strictly to suit the needs of the educational institutions. Generally, we write letters to the Defence authorities for 15 days for utilising the Parade Ground.
Asked whether the disruption of schedule did not cause any inconvenience to them, Chalapathi said that they can’t do anything as they do not have any other option. But he informed Postnoon that the HCA has plans to construct their stadiums for holding league matches and has already passed a resolution in the general body meeting of the Association. According to the secretary, they need 60 acres of land for construction of new stadiums and the association has already identified land at three places. He said that by the next season they have plans to build a new cricket ground with a feasibility of holding eight matches simultaneously. At present the Parade Ground has the facility to hold nine matches simultaneously.
He informed that whenever, they shift the venue from Parade Grounds to any other place, they are liable to bear the maintenance charges for the grounds they use to hold the matches. “We are not paying any money to defence authorities for utilising their ground. But whenever we use grounds belonging other authorities like Osmania University, CCMB etc, we have to pay the maintenance charges if not user charges. The association has recently come forward to construct fencing wall across various grounds used by the association in Hyderabad,” he said. Chalapathi added that they are doing this as they are using various grounds for their activities.