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Azhar’s reinstatement: Why didn’t BCCI file a review?
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Azhar’s reinstatement: Why didn’t BCCI file a review?
The appeal was discussed at two working committee meetings but no decision was reached to that end
A BCCI official, privy to the events that unfolded after the Andhra Pradesh High Court quashed the life ban on former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin in November 2012, said that the BCCI’s attorney, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, had prepared a draft appeal challenging the order of the Court. “But the matter remained there itself, the draft appeal was ready, but the BCCI did not take it forward,” said the official.
The BCCI discussed the matter at two Working Committee meetings (November 2012 and January 2013), and it is believed that the members stated in no uncertain terms that that its interests should be protected and a review petition should be filed before the AP High Court. The BCCI president then was N. Srinivasan.
The BCCI had slapped a life ban on Azharuddin on December 5, 2000, on match-fixing charges and after receiving a report from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Subsequently a lower court in Andhra Pradesh had endorsed the BCCI’s disciplinary action on Azharuddin.
Recent reports have indicated that Azharuddin has asked the BCCI and the Committee of Administrators (CoA) to consider clearing his one-off payment and other dues and that the CoA has left the whole matter to be placed before the BCCI annual general meeting.
Those who have followed this case believe that the BCCI, for the reason of not having challenged the AP High Court order, has no option but to take a call in Azharuddin’s favour whenever the AGM takes place.
Azharuddin has in the recent past expressed keenness in the administration at the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA), but he was not allowed to contest the HCA elections because the BCCI had not changed its position in the context of the life ban imposed on him.
But, the question that remains uppermost in a few former BCCI administrators is what stopped the BCCI from filing the review petition before the AP High Court in 2013, when its attorney had prepared the draft appeal

A BCCI official, privy to the events that unfolded after the Andhra Pradesh High Court quashed the life ban on former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin in November 2012, said that the BCCI’s attorney, Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas, had prepared a draft appeal challenging the order of the Court. “But the matter remained there itself, the draft appeal was ready, but the BCCI did not take it forward,” said the official.

The BCCI discussed the matter at two Working Committee meetings (November 2012 and January 2013), and it is believed that the members stated in no uncertain terms that that its interests should be protected and a review petition should be filed before the AP High Court. The BCCI president then was N. Srinivasan.

The BCCI had slapped a life ban on Azharuddin on December 5, 2000, on match-fixing charges and after receiving a report from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Subsequently a lower court in Andhra Pradesh had endorsed the BCCI’s disciplinary action on Azharuddin.

Recent reports have indicated that Azharuddin has asked the BCCI and the Committee of Administrators (CoA) to consider clearing his one-off payment and other dues and that the CoA has left the whole matter to be placed before the BCCI annual general meeting.

Those who have followed this case believe that the BCCI, for the reason of not having challenged the AP High Court order, has no option but to take a call in Azharuddin’s favour whenever the AGM takes place.

Azharuddin has in the recent past expressed keenness in the administration at the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA), but he was not allowed to contest the HCA elections because the BCCI had not changed its position in the context of the life ban imposed on him.

But, the question that remains uppermost in a few former BCCI administrators is what stopped the BCCI from filing the review petition before the AP High Court in 2013, when its attorney had prepared the draft appeal.

(Courtesy: Sportstar)

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