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Azhar to appeal in high court

Mohammed Azharuddin will approach the Andhra Pradesh HC to appeal a lower court's dismissal of his suit challenging the ban on him for alleged involvement in match-fixing.

india Updated: Aug 28, 2003 22:50 IST

Former Indian captain Mohammed Azharuddin will approach the Andhra Pradesh High Court to appeal a lower court's dismissal of his suit challenging the ban on him for alleged involvement in match-fixing.

Azhar's lawyer T. Jagdesh said he would file an appeal in the high court September 1.

P. Dasaramaiah, second additional chief judge of the city civil court, Wednesday dismissed the suit filed by the disgraced player in January 2001, challenging the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) action.

Azhar's hopes of returning to cricket to play his 100th test were dashed by the judgment, which came after lengthy hearings involving the BCCI, its then president A.C. Muthaiah and its inquiry commissioner K. Madhavan.

In his suit, Azhar had termed as "unfair" the BCCI action in banning him from cricket for life and challenged the appointment of former Central Bureau of Investigation director Madhavan as the commissioner of the inquiry into the match-fixing scandal.

Azhar was one of five cricketers punished by the BCCI for their alleged role in the scandal following the inquiry by Madhavan in December 2000.

His hopes of the ban being lifted were raised when the Delhi High Court removed similar restrictions on Ajay Jadeja.

Azhar had reportedly expressed surprised over the lower court's judgment and decided to challenge it in high court. He hoped he would get "justice" and be able to clear his image.

He and his lawyer still have no idea about the grounds on which their suit was dismissed. They said they were still awaiting a copy of the judgment.

Azhar, 40, took the cricketing world by storm with his three successive test centuries on debut in 1984. The stylish batsman later became one of the most successful captains in India's cricketing history.

The longest-serving Indian captain played in 99 Tests, scoring 22 centuries. He also played 334 one-day internationals, scoring seven centuries and 58 half-centuries.

First Published: Aug 28, 2003 22:49 IST