Major relief for Azhar, APHC says life-ban illegal

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Updated: Thursday, November 8, 2012, 14:50 [IST]
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Ban on Azharuddin illegal: Andhra HC

Hyderabad, Nov 8: Former India cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin heaved a sigh of relief, as Andhra High Court said that the ban imposed on the cricketer was illegal, on Thursday.

The 49-year old cricketer who announced his retirement from all forms of cricket, would be relieved with High Court's decision, as AP High Court ruled the ban imposed on the cricketer was illegal.

Azharuddin, having pleaded guilty of fixing three ODIs, as BCCI had imposed a life ban in the year 2000.

The ban was handed over to him by a three-member committee, as it was a 2:1 verdict that had forced the committee to give the sentence.

The 49-year old cricketer, alongwith some cricketers had also appealed against the ban imposed on him, requesting the court to lift the ban.

The 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.

Azharuddin has 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.


Story first published:  Thursday, November 8, 2012, 14:35 [IST]
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