‘My conscience was always clear that I have done nothing illegal in my career’
The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Thursday set aside the lifetime ban imposed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) against Mohd. Azharuddin, former captain of the Indian cricket team, on charges of match-fixing.
A Bench comprising Justices Asutosh Mohanto and Krishna Mohan Reddy was allowing an appeal filed by Mr. Azharuddin against the order of the civil court at Hyderabad.
The BCCI passed an order in December 2000 against the former captain based on the report by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Challenging the ban, Mr. Azharuddin filed a suit before the II Additional Chief Judge, City Civil Court who dismissed his suit. Mr. Azharuddin, then, challenged the judgment in the Andhra Pradesh High Court.
The BCCI had banned him along with another Test player Ajay Sharma, while slapping a five-year ban on his former teammates Ajay Jadeja and Manoj Prabhakar along with physiotherapist Ali Irani.
The BCCI had conducted an internal inquiry following the publication of the CBI report then and K. Madhavan, who led the inquiry, had concluded that Mr. Azharuddin was guilty of match-fixing and the other three had links with bookmakers.
“I feel really happy though it took quite a long time,” was Mr. Azharuddin’s first reaction in an exclusive chat with The Hindu. “My conscience was always clear that I have done nothing illegal in my career. It is a pity that the life ban was imposed without any proper evidence against me,” he stated.
I feel really happy though it took quite a long time, says Azharuddin BCCI’s internal inquiry had found Azharuddin guilty of match-fixing
I feel really happy though it took quite a long time, says Azharuddin
BCCI’s internal inquiry had found Azharuddin guilty of match-fixing