Outlook magazine said in its latest issue that Azharuddin, who has been banned for life by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in the wake of match-fixing allegations, had "admitted" this in a hand-written note prepared by him after CBI had questioned him. The note was seized from a home in Mumbai when the income tax authorities had conducted raids against the "who's who" of Indian cricketing establishment in July, 2000.
The note, according to the weekly, was Azharuddin's recollection of what transpired when CBI's match-fixing investigative team grilled him for nearly 8 hours. It was obviously written to keep a record of what happened during his questioning and the intended recipient seems to have been his wife Sangeeta Bijalani, it said.
Reacting to the report the magazine quotes Azharuddin as saying, "what can I say. I cannot remember these things."
Contacted by PTI for his reaction, Azharuddin said through his lawyer Aman Vachher that all the charges are "absolutely false and baseless" and that the matter was sub judice.