Posted: 08 November 2012 at 3:42am | IP Logged
Indeed after a decade Mohammed Azharuddin"s Ban got lifted today 8/11/2012.
Azharuddin: Banned for life
Former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin has been banned from playing cricket for life after being found guilty of match-fixing.
Azharuddin and Test player Ajay Sharma have received life bans from the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
The BCCI said they had decided to impose a life ban on Azharuddin, 38, after he admitted to fixing three one-day internationals.
Board president AC Muthiah said that former Test players Ajay Jadeja and Manoj Prabhakar had been suspended from the game for five years.
Former team physiotherapist Ali Irani has also been suspended for five years.
These punishments will set an example for the future
The decision came after a meeting of the board's disciplinary committee in the southern Indian city of Madras to discuss a federal investigation into match-fixing.
AC Muthiah said: "These hard decisions have been taken after careful consideration.
"They will set an example for the future."
The players can appeal against their punishments.
They were found guilty by India's Central Bureau of Investigation on the basis of testimonies from bookmakers.
Indian wicketkeeper Nayan Mongia was also named in the report but the BCCI have exonerated him.
Azharuddin was one of India's greatest ever batsmen, having scored more than 15,500 runs in Tests and one-day matches during a 15-year international career.
He, together with Jadeja, was dropped from the Indian squad four months ago after the allegations surfaced.
Prabhakar and Sharma retired from the game a number of years ago.
The BCCI ordered an internal inquiry following the publication of the CBI report.
K Madhavan led the inquiry and he concluded that Azharuddin was guilty of match-fixing and three others - Ajay Jadeja, Manoj Prabhakar and Ajay Sharma - had links with bookmakers.
All protested their innocence, with Azharuddin claiming that the CBI were not interested in his side of the story.
It is alleged that Azharuddin accepted large sums of money from bookmaker MK Gupta in return for fixing matches.
The latest life bans come after former South Africa captain Hansie Cronje received the same punishment life for accepting money in return for match information.
And the Qayyum report in Pakistan, which was published earlier this year, called for life bans on former Test players Salim Malik and Ata-ur-Rehman.
Indian fans vent their anger at the time of the match-fixing hearings in 2000
High Court strikes down Azharuddin's life ban
The Andhra Pradesh High Court has declared illegal the life ban imposed by the BCCI on former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin. 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 on December 5, 2000 for his involvement in match-fixing. Since then, Azharuddin, 49, has had no involvement in cricket-related matters and became a politician in 2009. He is currently a member of parliament from Moradabad constituency in Uttar Pradesh.
Azharuddin played 99 Tests and scored 6125 runs at an average of 45. He also played 334 ODIs, scoring 9378 runs at 36.92 during a 15-year career.
PS-Azhar says that he is not interested in cricket . He will guide youngsters and help them. He is a politician in Congress party now.
Edited by Strawbella - 08 November 2012 at 3:45am