Azharuddin’s nomination for president of Hyderabad Cricket Association rejected

HYDERABAD: Former Indian Captain Mohd Azharuddin’s nomination for position of Hyderabad Cricket Association President has been disqualified.

As per The Hindu reports, the Returning Officer K Rajeev Reddy rejected Azhar’s nomination as he didn’t give “a satisfactory explanation whether the BCCI ban on him in the wake of the match-fixing scandal was not lifted and that he failed to provide adequate proof that he was enrolled as a voter”.

Azhar , one of the finest batsmen of his time, said that he was sad that the nomination had been rejected. “I have been cleared by the court from all charges,” he said

Earlier, on Tuesday, Azharuddin filed his nomination papers for Hyderabad Cricket Association president’s post after incumbent Arshad Ayub quit office following the Supreme Court verdict on Lodha committee reforms.

One of the longest serving Indian captain with the distinction of leading India in three successive World Cups (1992, 1996, 1999), Azharuddin was banned for life by the BCCI for his alleged involvement in the match-fixing scandal that was unearthed in 2000.

Azharuddin fought a long legal battle and got a favourable order by Andhra High Court back in 2011 but BCCI never officially lifted his ban. He never got the pension that former India players are entitled to.