Azhar welcomes HC's decision, says he is relieved

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Published: Thursday, November 8, 2012, 16:36 [IST]
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I am relieved now, says Azharuddin

New Delhi, Nov 8: Former India cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin, after Andhra Pradesh High Court's ruling, said it brought a lot of relief, during an interaction with media on Thursday.

Also Read: Major relief for Azhar, APHC says life-ban illegal

Andhra Pradesh High Court on Thursday said that the three-member team doesn't have the power to ban someone for life from a sport.

The 49-year old cricketer who had quit all forms of cricket, had appealed against life-ban imposed on him by the BCCI in 2000.

The cricketer while interacting with media persons, said Court's ruling was a major relief.

"It has brought a lot of relief and I am happy about the court's ruling," he said.

"I am very happy with today's judgement and I won't want to blame anybody. You have to take everything in your stride and move forward. It is all in the fate," said Azharuddin.

The cricketer who has represented India in 99 Tests was cleared to play cricket again, but the 49-year old cleared the air as he said that he would like to share the experience with youngsters rather than playing at this age.

"I don't think I will play any cricket, but would certainly want to share my cricketing experience with the younger lot," added Azharuddin.

He also added that his conscience was clear and knew that he had not done anything wrong, as Andhra Pradesh High Court on Thursday also ruled out the ban and said that it was illegal.

"It's not fair to talk about Hansie Cronje case now that he is no more," said the former Indian cricketer.

Finally he thanked Hyderabad and people for supoprting him throughout this phase.

"I am thankful to all my supporters and Hyderabad for backing me in my long struggle," concluded Azharuddin.

Azharuddin represented India in 99 Tests and 334 ODIs, and has secured 6215 and 9378 runs in the longer and limited version of the game respectively.


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