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Mohammad Azharuddin urges BCCI to give a second chance to players who have served fixing bans

By Rashmi Nanda -

Former Indian skipper, Mohammad Azharuddin, urged cricket authorities to give a second chance to those players, who have served punishment for corruption in the game.

He also urged cricket authorities to let former Indian pacer S Sreesanth return to playing cricket.

Indian cricket board banned Azharuddin,  for life in 2000 for spot-fixing, after an internal probe following a Central Bureau of Investigation report into match-fixing in India.

Since the ban, Azharuddin has served as a Lok Sabha MP. Former skipper replying a question on S Sreesanth said  “Anyone can make mistakes… such cricketers should be given a second chance.”

The Board of Control for Cricket in India banned the Kerala Speedster for alleged involvement in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal. The Delhi Police under provisions for organized crime (MCOCA)  registered the case to the court, which was later dismissed by the Delhi High Court.

The BCCI recently refused to permit Sreesanth to play in Scotland as well as denying him any opportunity to play international cricket.