Andhra High Court lifts life ban on Azharuddin from playing cricket

The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Thursday announced to lift the life ban on former Indian cricket team captain Mohammad Azharduddin. The BCCI has imposed life ban on Mohammad Azharduddin about 12-years ago.

A bench of justices Ashutosh Mohanta and Krishna Mohan Reddy on Thursday said in their justice and gave relief to Azharuddin, allowing his appeal challenging the order of a local court, which had upheld the decision of BCCI.

The Andhra High Court lifted the ban on the cricketer-turned-politician agreeing with his counsel K Ramakant Reddy’s argument that there was no evidence against Azharuddin that he ever involved in the match-fixing.

Further, the court said that the BCCI had proceeded against Azharuddin unilaterally and said the order of the trial court is unsustainable.

The BCCI has imposed ban on him in 2000 after the three member committee headed by president A C Muthaiah and two vice-presidents Kamal Morarka and K M Ram Prasad had reported match-fixing allegation against Mohammad Azharduddin.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Azharduddin had played for India for 15-years. He played 334 ODIs and 99 test matches. However, he has now entered into politics and joined the Congress party.

Talking to media, Mohammad Azharduddin said, “I did not want to blame anyone. The decision was impotant for me and now my conscience was clear. I would not take legal action against anybody.”

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