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Mohammad Azharuddin On BCCI Life Ban: “I really don’t know the reasons for banning me”

Azhar claims that doesn't know the reason behind the BCCI ban to date

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Former Indian skipper Mohammad Azharuddin was banned for life by the BCCI in December 2000 for his alleged involvement in match-fixing. This was later modified to a 12-year ban. However, even as the ban is now behind him, Azhar claims that doesn’t know the reason behind the ban to date.

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Talking to the cricketpakistan.com website, Azharuddin said, “I don’t want to blame anyone for what happened. I really don’t know the reasons for banning me…”

“…But I had decided to fight it and I am grateful that after 12 years I got cleared. I felt very satisfied when after being elected president of Hyderabad association I went and attended the BCCI AGM meeting.”

Mohammad Azharuddin now heads the Hyderabad Cricket Association.

“I am a firm believer in fate and whatever is in your destiny it happens. I look at this way that nowadays if a player is a class act he ends up playing more than 100 Tests. So I don’t think this record of 99 Test matches that I hold is going to be broken,” Azharuddin said. “I played for around 16 to 17 years and I captained for around 10 years. What more can I ask for.”

Moreover, he also talked about the time Pakistani cricketer Zaheer Abbas helped him during a rough patch.

“I was not sure about being selected for the Pakistan tour in 1989 as I was struggling badly for form. I remember in Karachi Zaheer bhai came to the ground to watch us practice. He asked me why I was getting out early. I told him my problems and he suggested I change my grip a bit. Since I had nothing to lose and he had come himself to the ground and gave me this advice I said why not give it a try. The moment I changed my grip I felt more comfortable and confident and started playing freely. Eventually, it also helped me become a more aggressive batsman.”

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