Giving a major relief to former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin, the Andhra Pradesh High Court on Thursday said the life ban imposed on him by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was unsustainable by law.
A division bench of the court set aside the order given by a lower court that had upheld the ban and struck down the life ban imposed on the former Indian batsman.
The BCCI on 2000 banned Azharuddin from playing cricket for life after he was found guilty of match-fixing.
Azharuddin earlier challenged the BCCI´s decision in the City Civil Court that had upheld the ban.
The Hyderabadi then moved to the high court against the order given by the lower court.
His lawyers had argued that the Indian cricket board had imposed the ban without any evidence.
Azharuddin, had played 99 Test matches for India and scored 6215 runs.
He played 334 one-dayers and scored 9378 runs during his career.