Azharuddin life ban struck down
Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin has had his life ban from cricket declared illegal by the Andhra Pradesh High Court in Hyderabad.
A division bench of the high court set aside the order of the City Civil Court, which had upheld the ban after Azharuddin had challenged it.
The BCCI had banned Azharuddin in December 2000 for his involvement in match-fixing. The 49-year-old, whose last appearance for India was in June 2000, has since had no involvement in cricket and became a politician in 2009. He is currently a member of parliament from Moradabad constituency in Uttar Pradesh.
Azharuddin said: "It was a long drawn-out legal case and it was painful. We fought in the court for 11 years. Finally the verdict has come and I am happy that the ban has been lifted by the court.
"I am not going to take any legal action against any authority and I don't want to blame anybody for this also. Whatever had to happen has happened. I don't have any complaint."
The right-hander hit 6,125 Test runs at an average of 45.03 in 99 games and made 9,378 one-day international runs at 36.92 in 334 matches.