Former India cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin will move the High Court after his nomination for the post of Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) president was disqualified on Saturday. It is also possible that Azharuddin could take up the issue with the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee.
Returning officer K Rajeev Reddy cited the ban imposed on Azharuddin by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for his alleged involvement in match-fixing. Azharuddin, however, said the returning officer had not given reasons for rejecting his nomination and demanded the same in writing.
“The rejection is sad. I am disappointed. I have been cleared by the court from all charges,” the 53-year-old said. “You can’t suppress me,” he said and announced his plans to approach the court after the Sankranti holidays.
Azharuddin was banned for life by the BCCI in 2000. The Andhra Pradesh High Court had struck down the ban in 2012, terming the board’s decision illegal. However, the BCCI officially did not lift the ban on Azharuddin, whose career had already come to an end.
Azhar, who had shot to fame by hitting three consecutive centuries on debut in 1984-85, entered politics in 2009 and was elected to Lok Sabha from Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh. However, he lost the polls from Rajasthan’s Tonk-Sawai Madhopur constituency last year.
After Azharuddin’s nomination was rejected, former Member of Parliament G Vivek and Vidyuth Jaisimha, son of late former cricketer ML Jaisimha, remained in the fray for the president’s post in the elections to be held on January 17.