Ambati Rayudu has created a stir in the cricket world with his cryptic tweet. Though he cited some personal reasons behind taking a break for a few weeks from playing first-class cricket for Hyderabad. However, his cryptic tweet is telling some other story.
On Saturday morning, Ambati Rayudu took to his twitter and appealed to Telangana’s Minister for Industry and Municipal Administration, KT Rama Rao to look into the ‘rampant corruption prevailing in HCA (Hyderabad Cricket Association)’. He wrote:
“Hello sir @KTRTRS, I request u to plz look into nd address the rampant corruption prevailing in hca. Hw can hyderabad be great when it’s cricket team is influenced by money nd corrupt ppl who hav numerous acb cases against them which are being swept under the carpet.”
Here, check out his tweet:
Hello sir @KTRTRS, I request u to plz look into nd address the rampant corruption prevailing in hca. Hw can hyderabad be great when it's cricket team is influenced by money nd corrupt ppl who hav numerous acb cases against them which are being swept under the carpet.
— Ambati Rayudu (@RayuduAmbati) November 23, 2019
In an interview, Ambati Rayudu opened up about the politics going on inside the team. He said:
“In all honesty, I was looking forward to play for Hyderabad in Ranji Trophy this season. But unfortunately, the script did not go on the expected lines. There is a lot of politics in the team and the atmosphere was not conducive for good cricket. I felt very uncomfortable.”
Rayudu also said that he had informed Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) president Mohammad Azharuddin about the issues, but nothing was done for it. He alleged that undeserving players are getting selected because of having an influential background. He said:
“I did have a talk with the president. He always said he was trying his best. But it never happened. I feel he should have initiated stronger measures but he did not do that. I feel there were more election promises and as a result, the game suffered.”
“It hurt me a lot. A few players, who did not deserve to be in the team, were included in the team because of the election promises. If this happens, how can a team improve? My hands were tight (sic) for the playing eleven when it came to few players and they were untouchable during the T20 Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament.”
Furthermore, he launched a stinging attack on the selectors for preferring rich, influential and politicians’ children over the talented ones. He said:
“If you look at the team, some of the players are selected because of the influence of some club secretaries. Sometimes, merit takes a back seat. This is unfortunate. Rich, influential and politicians’ children get preferences in Hyderabad teams. This is a true fact. We have to stop this buck. Since someone had to speak out, I thought I should do this. This is how bad the system has become in HCA,”