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Open to working with the BCCI, says Azharuddin

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Published: Friday, November 9, 2012, 13:19 [IST]

Open to working with the BCCI: Azhar

New Delhi, Nov 9: Relieved Mohammad Azharuddin thanked the Board of Control for Cricket in India for giving him an opportunity to play for the country after Andhra Pradesh High Court's verdict on his life-ban imposed by BCCI in 2000.

Mohammad Azharuddin who represented India in 99 Tests said that it was all because of BCCI.

"I am grateful to the Indian cricket board for whatever cricket I have played. It is all because of them. I had no complaints against the board during my playing career. I have got a lot in life from cricket," Azharuddin told reporters at his official residence.

BCCI imposed a life-ban in 2000, following Azharuddin's fixing claims as he pleaded guilty of fixing 3 ODIs.

"I was never hurt with their action. That was their line of thinking. I can't blame them for that," said Azharuddin after the High Court's verdict on Thursday.

When asked if he BCCI would also take Pakistan's stance, as PCB was also soft on Salim Malik, who was also banned for life.

"It is tough to say. But I think it has been a good move to bring back the banned cricketers in the normal fold of life."

When asked if he would continue to play cricket after the High Court's verdict, Azharuddin said he would rather share his experience with youngsters hinting at a coach's job and also did not rule out the possibilities of being associated with BCCI.

"I am open to working with the BCCI. But it is up to them," he said.

After the verdict came out on Thursday, Azharuddin said "I have always played the game honestly and with command. Today I am a relieved man after what I have suffered for the last 12 years. I fought this battle for so long with patience. It has been a tough battle and I am grateful to everyone who has supported me during this difficult period."

An elated Azharuddin said he is relieved that the ban has been lifted, but wished it had come a bit earlier in his career.

"The last year has been very tough. Today I want to be happy with my elder son Abbas. I wish the judgment had come a bit early," he said.

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