Ex-CricketerAzharrudin may contest Lok Sabha elections on Congress ticket

January 20th, 2009 - 6:53 pm ICT by ANI  

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New Delhi, Jan 20 (ANI): Mohammad Azharuddin, former captain of the Indian cricket team may represent Congress in the coming Lok Sabha elections.

Sources have told a TV channel that Azharrudin has expressed an interest to contest elections from a prestigious seat, and Congress has welcomed him.

Azharrudin verbalised his interest in front of Congress President Sonia Gandhi, according to sources reports.

There were rumours last February, when he had lunch with Telangana Rastra Samiti President K Chandrasekhar Rao, that he may campaign or contest elections for the Telangana Rastra Samiti in the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation polls.

He, however, dismissed the speculation saying that he was only interested in working for cricket.

The former right-handed batsman also runs an event management company and a health club in the up market Banjara Hills area of Hyderabad.

Azhar scored a total of 22 centuries in Test cricket at an average of 45, and 7 in ODIs at an average of 37. He scored a century in each of his first three Tests which is a record.

He won 103 ODI matches as the captain of the Indian team, which is still an Indian record. An excellent fielder, he took a world record 156 catches in ODI cricket.

In 1991 he was named Wisden of the year.

However,towards the end of his career, Azharuddin got a bad patch on his name as he got accused of match-fixing. (ANI)

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