Azhar to don congress cap

Published: Thursday, February 19, 2009, 13:31 [IST]
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Azharuddin to Join Congress

Hyderabad: India's former captain Mohammed Azharuddin will soon begin his new innings as politician as he is likely to join Congress on Thursday.

Former Indian skipper Mohammed Azharuddin will join the Congress today, a senior party leader said but gave no indication if the cricketer would contest the coming Lok Sabha polls.

"Azharuddin will formally join the Congress today," said Veerappa Moily, who is in-charge of Andhra Pradesh in AICC, said. However its not sure weather he will contest in the forthcoming Loksabha elections. According to sourcess, the former cricketer has shown interest in contesting the Lok Sabha elections from Hyderabad and conveyed it to the party leadership.

Azharuddin, who had been banned from cricket in 2000, for his alleged involvement in the match-fixing scandal that had rocked the game internationally, had met Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy, Moily and PCC chief Srinivas last month and expressed his desire to join the party.

A veteran of 99 Test matches, Azhar scored 6215 runs at an average of 45.03. He also played 334 ODIs and scored 9378 runs at an avberage of 36.92.

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