'Only 99 Tests were in my destiny' says delighted Azharuddin after HC verdict

Last Updated: Thu, Nov 08, 2012 13:10 hrs

Former Indian cricket captain Mohammed Azharuddin on Thursday said that playing only 99 Tests matches was his destiny.

Talking to reporters soon after the Andhra Pradesh High Court decision to lift life ban imposed on him by Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Azharuddun said: "Although the verdict has come very late, I had full faith in Indian judiciary."

"I am happy and want to thank my well-wishers, fans and supporters from Hyderabad and across the country. I don't think that I would play in future but looking forward to do something in cricket," said Azharuddin.

Refusing to comment on the issue and the 11 years long court's proceedings, he said: "I have nothing to say in my defense. I will fully go by the court decisions. Playing only 99 Tests was my destiny."

A division bench of Andhra High Court has ruled out life ban imposed on the former captain in a match-fixing case and said that the ban was unsustainable by law.

Azharuddin 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. (ANI)

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