Revoke ban against Azharuddin: Congress tells BCCI

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Mohammad Azharuddin
New Delhi, Nov 21: The Congress is pressurising the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to revoke the life ban imposed on its MP and former cricketer Mohammad Azharuddin citing that several other players, who faced similar charges, have been allowed back into the game.

BCCI banned the skipper for life for his alleged involvement in the 2000 match-fixing scandal.

Congress leaders from Uttar Pradesh have taken up the campaign to get this ban revoked.

Jitin Prasad, BCCI's finance committee chairman Rajiv Shukla, who is also a Congress spokesman, and actor-turned-politician Raj Babbar met ICC vice-president and former BCCI president Sharad Pawar on Thursday, Nov 21 pressurising him to act on revoking the ban.

"I spoke to BCCI president Shashank Manohar, and he said that if Azhar himself shows interest in wanting the ban lifted, then it can be moved forward to the Annual General Meeting and then the AGM will decide," Shukla said.

"The ban on Azharuddin can be lifted only if the BCCI AGM deems it fit," he added.

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