almost five years since the Andhra Pradesh High Court had ruled that the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) life ban on former Indian skipper Mohammad Azharuddin in the aftermath of the match-fixing saga was ‘illegal’ and ‘unsustainable’.
BCCI choose to keep the Damocles sword hanging over the Hyderabadi batsman’s head. Neither did the BCCI contest the court verdict nor did it officially revoke the ban. It came to haunt Azharuddin earlier this year when he wanted to contest the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) elections. The Returning Officer disqualified Azharuddin on the ground that the BCCI had not revoked his ban.
Sources said that the board officials – both Khanna and Choudhary, BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary and BCCI CEO Rahul Johri – could take up the matter with the CoA in the Capital on Wednesday in a bid to see if the BCCI can actually revoke the ban and start treating Azharuddin on par with other Indian cricketers.
Last year, the BCCI had invited Azharuddin for a function to celebrate India’s 500th Test which was against New Zealand in Kanpur. The former India captain, along with Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar, MS Dhoni and Ravi Shastri, was honoured by the BCCI.