Hyderbad, March 6: The Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) has come under fire for allegedly spending Rs 75 lakhs to feed officials during the one-off between India and Bangladesh last month.
As per a report published by The Hindu, over 25 per cent of the overall tickets were given away as 'complimentary' while the members and officials themselves raked up a food bill of Rs 75 lakh.
A division bench of Hyderabad High Court comprising Acting Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice Shameem Akther on had last week expressed unhappiness at how things were managed during the Test match in Hyderabad.
The report further added, the bench perused the report submitted by Ratnakar Shetty, who was present in Hyderabad as representative of BCCI and said it is 'damning'.
The bench was dealing with a PIL filed by Govind Reddy, practising advocate of High Court who sought a direction to set up a committee to see that the affairs of HCA are conducted as per the Justice Lodha Committee report approved by the Supreme Court.
The HCA hosted the historic match between India and Bangladesh from February 9 to 13.
BCCI named its general manager (administration and game development) Ratnakar Shetty as observer for the one-off Test.
Besides Shetty, the board's chief financial officer Santosh Rangnekar was also named as financial advisor to ensure proper maintenance of records in relation to income and expenditure for the Test match.
There is no recognised body governing the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) and even as elections had been held, the results have not been declared due to a court order.