A huge relief came for the former Indian Cricket captain, Mohammed Azaharuddin on Thursday, as The Hyderabad High Court ruled that the life-time ban imposed on him as unsustainable in law.
Responding to a plea filed by Azaharuddin in a match-fixing case, a division bench of Andhra High Court said that the ban was unsustainable by law.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) banned Azharuddin for life from playing all forms of cricket in 2000 along with some other cricketers.
Reacting to the Andhra HC's decision, BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla said that they would go through the court's decision and then take the next step.
Azaharuddin had challenged the BCCI's decision in the City Civil Court, which upheld the ban and then he moved to the high court against the lower court's order.
Azharuddin, a Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) at present from Hyderabad (Congress Party), played 99 Tests and scored 6215 runs at an average of 45. He also played 334 one-day matches, accumulating 9378 runs at an average of 36.92.
When he joined the Congress Party, many leaders had requested the BCCI to lift the ban. However, the BCCI had then said they could not lift the ban until the annual general meeting (AGM) approved it.
Now that the High Court has ruled in his favour, Azaharuddin's fans and supporters started celebration and fired crackers outside his residence in Hyderabad. (ANI)