(Odisha Sports): Making a comeback to cricket as an administrator, former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin was elected as the President of Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) on Friday. With this, he is back to cricket, 19 years after he was banned for life by the BCCI for his alleged role in the match-fixing scandal that rocked the sport. He got 173 votes against his opponent Prakash Chand Jain’s 73 votes. Out of HCA’s 227 members, 223 had cast their votes.
“As a cricketer, who has played at the highest level of the game, I can represent the association in a better way. I would like to ensure that Hyderabad cricket is benefited in a big way. It is much easier than being captain of the Indian team,” said Azharuddin while speaking to the media after his victory. The 56-year-old, who is also a former Member of Parliament, wanted to contest the HCA election in 2017 but his nomination was rejected on technical grounds. Azharuddin, who always kept saying that he was innocent, got a reprieve in 2012 when a division bench of the Andhra Pradesh High Court called the BCCI’s life ban illegal. Azharuddin played 99 Tests and 334 ODIs for India between 1985 and 2000. Under his stewardship India never lost a series on home soil.