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Congress wants Azhar ban lifted

Published: Saturday, November 21, 2009, 13:17 [IST]
 
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Congress wants Azhar ban lifted

New Delhi: A section of Congress party wants BCCI to revoke the life ban on former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin.

A group of Congress MPs from UP met International Cricket Council Vice President Sharad Pawar to seek the lifting of life ban on former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin, who is now a MP from Moradabad. The MPs also requested Parwar to use his influence with BCCI on this issue.

The MPs include Jitin Prasad, Rajiv Shukla, Raj Babbar, Sanjay Singh, and Praveen Singh Aron and Digvijay Singh.

The 45-year-old former Indian captain had stopped playing cricket after a disciplinary committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) imposed a life ban on him in December 2000, after a match-fixing raw. Azhar had challenged the ban in a court.

Of the four Indians who faced ban on match fixing raw, only Azharuddin and Ajay Sharma remain out in the cold. Manoj Prabhakar served five years and Ajay Jadeja won a court case in 2003 against which the BCCI did not appeal.

Congress leaders claim that most international players who have faced similar chargers have been accepted back after a few years of punishment.

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