Former India captain and Congress MP Mohd. Azharuddin's younger son, Mohammed Ayazuddin, is battling for his life after he was critically wounded in a road accident at Puppalguda on the Outer Ring Road (ORR) on Sunday morning.

Ayazuddin was driving a Suzuki high-power sports bike which skidded off the road. His cousin, Azmal-ur-Rahman, who was pillion-riding died while undergoing treatment, the police said.

Ayazuddin was returning from the Airport to Gachibowli, when the 1000 CC mobike skidded. Occupants of a couple of cars coming to the city from the airport witnessed the high speed accident and called in the police. A police patrol vehicle of Rayadurg station reached the accident spot within minutes.

As ambulance services were not available immediately, policemen rushed Ayazuddin and Azmal-ur-Rahman in their vehicle to Apollo Hospital in Jubilee Hills. Ayazuddin's father, Mohd. Azharuddin, who was in London is flying to Hyderabad and is expected to reach the city by midnight.

A hospital source said the unconscious youngsters were brought to the hospital by 9.30 a.m. with critical injuries. Ayazuddin suffered a cardiac arrest too. He sustained serious injuries on his chest and his kidneys were also damaged. He was put on ventilator and his blood pressure recordings were low. “The next six hours will be critical. The doctors are trying to keep him alive,” hospital sources said, indicating the seriousness of his condition.

Police officers who visited the scene of the ghastly accident surmised that the sports bike driven at a high speed must have skidded off at the toll gate structures on the ORR. Interestingly, the road at the toll gates was cemented and the bitumen stretch ended 100 yards away from the accident spot. This made police surmise that Ayazuddin would have lost control of the high-speed vehicle as it hit the cemented road and skidded.

Ayazuddin, a second-year undergraduate student in St. Mary's college is also an avid cricket player and was playing leagues on behalf of SBI. He was also playing for the MP Colts team in league matches. He was to play a league match with Sri Satya Sai Cricket club on Monday.

Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad visited Apollo Hospital to enquire about Ayazuddin's health condition. The Hyderabad MP, Asaduddin Owaisi, and cricketer VVS Laxman were among those who rushed to Apollo Hospital.

Ayaz operated upon

Meanwhile, Ayazuddin underwent an emergency surgery at Apollo Hospital to stop bleeding in his chest. However, his condition continued to be critical and a multi-speciality team of doctors was closely monitoring his condition, a hospital bulletin said on Sunday night.

A medical bulletin said that Ayazuddin (19) and Ajmal-ur-Rehman (16) were brought to the Apollo Hospital at 9.35 a.m. Both of them were brought in a state of cardiac arrest.

A team of doctors worked on both of them. After about one-and-half hours Ajmal-ur-rehman could not be revived and was declared dead.