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'Azhar playing not a serious issue'

Imran Khan said that former Indian captain's participation in the ongoing India-Pakistan veterans' series was not a major issue.

india Updated: Apr 26, 2006 16:35 IST

Pakistan cricketing legend Imran Khan on Wednesday said that former Indian captain Mohammed Azharuddin's participation in the ongoing India-Pakistan veterans' cricket series was not a major issue.

Imran said veterans' cricket was all about fun and the participation of Azharuddin, who has been banned for life by the Indian Cricket Board on match-fixing allegations, should not be taken very seriously.

"It's basically fun cricket and one must not take Azharuddin's participation in it very seriously," Imran said.

"In fact, I wonder who are the people who go to watch old men play cricket. I fear that someone would collapse on the field one day," Imran said while questioning the crowd-pulling factor in veterans' cricket.

Several unfortunate incidents have occurred in the past during the conduct of veterans' sporting events.

While former Pakistan fast bowler Niaz Ahmed died of a cardiac arrest shortly after playing a veteran's cricket match in Karachi, ex-captain of Pakistan hockey team Munawwar-uz-Zaman died on the ground while playing a veterans' game.

First Published: Apr 26, 2006 16:35 IST