File photo of former India skipper Mohammad Azharuddin. (AFP Photo)
New Delhi: Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin is ready for his second innings in cricket as the coach of the Jammu & Kashmir team, Firstpost.com reported on Friday.
Azhar, as he is popularly known, has accepted the offer made by Jammu & Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) president, Farooq Abdullah; however, it remains to be seen if the Member of Parliament from Moradabad agrees to take up the job on a full-time basis.
According to the report, Azhar had several meetings with the Union Minister Abdullah in the last few months, with the Minister on Friday confirming that Azhar has said yes to his offer.
Another daily Mail Today spoke to Dr. Abdullah, who confirmed the news. "I have spoken to Azharuddin and he has accepted it [the offer]. He is willing to train our boys."
Azhar was approached by the JKCA after legendary Indian spinner Bishan Singh Bedi stepped down at the end of the last season following a controversial two-year stint.
"He has played 99 tests and more than 300 ODIs his appointment could help J&K cricket achieve bigger things in the future," Samiullah Beigh, member of the Jammu and Kashmir team, said.
Azharuddin's cricket career ended unceremoniously with a life ban for match-fixing slapped by the BCCI. However, the Andhra Pradesh High Court brought relief to the former Indian captain by overturning the ban last year. But it remains to be seen if the Indian board allows Azhar to be part of the game at the administrative level.