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The Andhra Cricket Association (ACA) finally issued a No Objection Certificate (NOC) to cricketer Hanuma Vihari on Tuesday, June 4. Earlier in March, the ACA served a show-cause notice to Vihari after the Test cricketer accused the cricket governing body of removing him from captaincy and vowed not to play for the state again. The cricketer had been asking for the NOC for the past two months but finally got it on Monday. 

Vihari, who led Andhra for one game in the previous Ranji Trophy season took to social media to confirm. He wrote, “I have been asking for NOC for 2 months, mailed them 4 times. Didn’t give my NOC. Now that things have turned, they’ve issued my NOC immediately. Lol.” Vihari engaged in a war of words with the state cricketing association after which the ACA issued a show-cause notice to him. 

Andhra Cricket Association (ACA) issues NOC to Hanuma Vihari

The cricketer who represented India in 16 matches so far was removed from the captaincy position after just one match. Viharo cited ‘political interference’ behind the decision. The 30-year-old requested to move away from Andhra ahead of the 2023-2024 season, while multiple reports claimed that the former India player wanted to join Madhya Pradesh. 

ACA secretary Gopinath Reddy stated in the NOC, "Andhra Cricket Association has no objection for Hanuma Vihari to represent any other association affiliated to the Board of Control for Cricket in India as a player from the 2024-25 season onwards".