India news March 9, 2014

Mohammad Kaif to contest Lok Sabha elections

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mohammad Kaif, the former India batsman, will contest the 2014 Lok Sabha elections from Uttar Pradesh's Phulpur constituency on a Congress ticket. Kaif is one of 194 Lok Sabha candidates whose names were released by the Congress Party on March 8.

"I was born and brought up in Allahabad. I have played cricket in the streets of this city. People looked at me with pride when I played for India. I am hopeful that they will support me," Kaif told PTI. "After cricket, politics is like a second innings for me. I hope to be as successful in politics as I was in cricket."

Kaif, 33, is an active domestic cricketer for UP. He played the Ranji Trophy in 2013-14 and a Vijay Hazare Trophy game against Vidarbha on March 5 this year. He last played for India in 2006, having ended his international career with 13 Tests and 125 ODIs.

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  • ESPN on March 10, 2014, 16:45 GMT

    He is finished as a cricketer. Has been struggling in the domestic circuit for over 2 seasons

  • Sherjil on March 10, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    Should not have joined congress..dissapointed to say the least

  • Nirmal on March 10, 2014, 4:46 GMT

    He was not bought by any IPL team, UP is out of domestic one day tournament, He is unlikely to be selected for domestic T20 tournament, He has spare time with him which he is utilising. If he will win, he will SECURE HIS FUTURE or will come back to cricket. This is good TIME MANAGEMENT.

  • varun on March 10, 2014, 4:03 GMT

    wish you get a fair chance this time round..

  • Axe on March 9, 2014, 17:01 GMT

    Best of luck Kaif..but u have lost even more fan following after joining Congress.

  • Dummy4 on March 9, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    All the Kaifu Bhai,We really love you & always wants you to play for India .Best of Luck for election .Insha Allah this time we will see you s matching a no-tout century in parliament .

  • Anubhav on March 9, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    Was an exceptional player...not managed properly by BCCI. I am sad he has joined Congress...But I am sad that a non-cricket related news has found place on this site...the standards have been falling ever since espn took over...can't help but notice!

  • Dummy4 on March 9, 2014, 10:52 GMT

    He was one of the amazing Athletic fielder who has played for India. Need more players like him.

  • Dummy4 on March 9, 2014, 10:47 GMT

    Indian politics made him keep away from Indian Team....Now is entering to politics. May be he want to defeat some one in BJP..Hahhhah

  • Shashidhar on March 9, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    Congress of all the parties... Disappointed in you... I would have voted for you as your fan, but not if you are with Congress... Sorry...

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