LAHORE The race for the LCCA presidency is reaching final stages as aspiring candidates battle to take reigns of one of the biggest cricket nurseries of the country. Former PCB chairman Lt Gen (r) Tauqir Zia and Khawaja Nadeem are main candidates in the race with former president Aamer Hayat Khan Rokri struggling to regain the seat he occupied for the last nearly two decades. And it was for the first time Rokri faced elections and saw his supporting group overthrown by the clubs opposing him throughout the city. And the fourth candidate Abu Bakar Naeem does not seem to have any strong standing. However, Kh Nadeem, who was nominated by North Zone, has joined hands with East Zone and the two zones claim to carry one agenda which is promotion of cricket. Both the zones had named Kh Nadeem as their presidential candidate while Javed Ali of East Zone is running for secretary office in elections while Sarfraz Ahmed, who returned to the city three years ago from Rawalpindi, will be contesting the elections as treasurer. Talking to journalists here at the press conference, Kh Nadeem accused his rival group of using dirty tactics in the campaign. Our club members are being threatened at their work places and we have sought the support of the government, said Kh Nadeem. But Nadeem did not give any name. We are being pressurised and the LCCA elections are being politicised, he added. We want free and fair elections, he said. But surprisingly, Kh Nadeem did not bring any person in front of the media who he claims has threatened. He further said that the North and East zones have combined on one agenda and that is the promotion of the game. He said that the game can be promoted only when there are regular events and the game is played regularly. The players of different clubs would come forward and merit would prevail, he added. Reports suggested that Kh Nadeem group has strengthened its position after the merger of two zones while as of Tauqir Zia and Rokri, the former was believed to have lost ground. And the two were planning to unite in elections. In that case, Rokri rivals would gain support because more clubs are against Rokri than Tauqir. If Tauqir Zia contests elections on his own, he might get more support from Rokri rival groups otherwise in his first attempt to get into local cricket the former PCB chairman has got more opposition than support.