India news January 14, 2017

Azharuddin not allowed to stand for HCA elections

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mohammad Azharuddin's attempt to enter cricket administration has hit a hurdle © AFP

Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin has been disqualified from contesting for the post of HCA president after his nomination papers were rejected by returning officer K Rajiv Reddy on Saturday.

Uncertainty over whether Azharuddin's life ban imposed by the BCCI had been lifted, and whether he was classified as an HCA voter, resulted in his disqualification.

"(He had not given) a satisfactory explanation whether the BCCI ban on him in the wake of the match-fixing scandal was not lifted and that he failed to provide adequate proof that he was enrolled as a voter," Reddy told the Hindu.

Azharuddin said he wasn't given a reason for the decision. "Right from the beginning, I think the process looked to me a little bit fraud. I gave them the court order also," Azharuddin said. "People are misinformed. I think things should be put to rest. Court has given an order which has cleared me of everything.

"The returning officer should answer my questions, but he is not present. I will go for a legal case. I think the Lodha Committee rules and orders are not followed at the HCA."

Azharuddin was banned for life after being found guilty of fixing matches in an investigation conducted by the Central Bureau of Investigation. Azharuddin's initial attempts of challenging the ban were unsuccessful, but in 2012, a division bench of the Andhra Pradesh High Court ruled the BCCI ban illegal.

Azharuddin, who filed his nomination papers representing the National Cricket Club on Tuesday morning, had said he didn't "foresee any issue" with the BCCI ban.

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  •   cricfan92842820 on January 21, 2017, 14:34 GMT

    This is really confusing. Why don't BCCI officially lift his ban ? Or why don't BCCI challenge the AP High Court verdict in apex court ? BCCI should clarify its stand. It is so unfortunate that Azhar is suffering more. Coming to cricket, Azhar redefined the value of fielding which was totally neglected in earlier days. Azhar taught us what fielding is all about with his exemplary alround fielding ability. Solkar rates Azhar's class above Tiger Pataudi. Azhar demonstrated the art of pick up and throw all in one action, so stylish so elegant. Azhar is also the finest stroke player India has ever produced. Hope Lodha Committee makes a decision on his matter. Azhar has to wait and see. Best of Luck Azhar Paaji.

  • Rakesh on January 18, 2017, 15:06 GMT

    Well done Mr Reddy. Corrupt individuals should not be allowed to return to cricket or its governing in any manner.

  • geebee3 on January 14, 2017, 16:48 GMT

    So now Mr. Azharuddin is going to take on the Supreme Court of India? I don't think so. Others with immeasurably more political and economical clout have tried and failed. He should keep his allegedly ill gotten gains intact for a comfortable retirement and not squander it on legal fees. Well done Mr. K Rajiv Reddy....

  • Partab on January 14, 2017, 13:25 GMT

    ``I think things should be put to rest.'' Oh really? How convenient! i should say not. The best thing to happen to Hyderabad and Indian cricket. He deserves no sympathy.

  • ayub782075786 on January 14, 2017, 12:09 GMT

    If the court has cleared him then what is the problem? This guy is a legend. He should be honoured by the BCCI.

  • Sthitaprajna on January 14, 2017, 11:58 GMT

    Hw does dis matter. He can try again when things are certain for him.

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