New Delhi: In what should come as a relief for the former India skipper Mohammad Azharuddin, the Andhra Pradesh High Court on Friday said the life ban on the cricketer is unsustainable by law. A division bench of the high court set aside the order of a lower court which had upheld the ban.
The court was hearing the appeal filed by Azhar in the 2000 match-fixing case due to which the BCCI banned him for life.
The Hyderabadi had challenged the Indian cricket board's decision in the City Civil Court, which upheld the ban. He then moved to high court against the lower court's order, his lawyers arguing that the BCCI imposed the ban without any evidence.
Azhar was a happy man with the verdict. "I am relieved that the ban has been lifted. I had full faith in the Indian judiciary. I won't play cricket anymore. You have to take everything in your stride. It’s destiny. I was destined to play 99 Tests and I don't think I will add,” the former India captain told reporters at a press conference.
"I have nothing more to day. The court has taken its decision. I want to contribute to Indian cricket. I will wait and see. I kept patience all through. My lawyers fought. I'm pleased. I won’t blame anyone. What happened was not right. I won't take legal action against anyone. I am happy today.
“I won’t take any action against the BCCI. What is done is done where the Madhavan Committee is concerned. This verdict was necessary. My conscience is clear. Do I know if there were vested interests? I don't know. What will I get out of talking about this? I have moved on. I have said what I needed to say. I have always been positive. As I said I am not here to blame anyone.”
The 49-year-old is currently a member of parliament from Moradabad constituency in Uttar Pradesh. Azhar, one of India's successful captains, played 99 Tests scoring over 6,215 runs during his career. He also played 334 One-Day Internationals scoring 9,378 runs in his 15-year international career.