Azhar moves court for re-entry into Tests

Published: Friday, December 19, 2003, 23:53 [IST]
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Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh High Court has admitted an appeal filed by former cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin challenging a Civil court order upholding the life ban imposed on him by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for his alleged role in the match-fixing scandal.

A bench of the Andhra Pradesh High Court comprising Justice C Prakash Rao and Justice C H S R K Prasad on Thursday admitted the appeal.

The City Civil court, in an earlier order, had approved the disqualification of Azharuddin from participating in Test cricket as a penal measure imposed by the BCCI.

In his appeal Azharuddin contended that he had pointed out to the Civil court various "grave irregularities" and "discrimination" shown against him in the matter of imposing punishment upon him.

He alleged that he was made "scapegoat" by the BCCI. The civil court did not consider his contention and uphold BCCI's ban. The division bench posted the matter for hearing in January 2004.

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