Mohammed Azharuddin, the former India skipper expressed surprise at former Director for the Indian cricket team Ravi Shastri, who didn't include Sourav Ganguly in his list of the best captains.
A few days ago, when Dhoni stepped down from limited overs captaincy that time Shastri had praised MS Dhoni, hailing him a ‘Dada captains of all’.
Azhar told Hindustan Times from Hyderabad, “It was such a stupid thing to say. Can’t he see statistics? It doesn’t matter to me what he thinks of people but when Shastri refers to great Indian captains, his personal bias shouldn’t be used to insult those who have contributed more to Indian cricket,”
After announcing his intention to run in the race for the president’s post of the Hyderabad Cricket Association, Azhar is in the news while he accepted that the switch from being a former cricketer to an administrator won’t be easy, he stated, “I am ready for any battle that will eventually save Hyderabad cricket,”
The HCA polls scheduled to be held on January 17, a former Member of Parliament has been acquiring support from the cricket fraternity of the state.
The former skipper stated, “Why is Hyderabad lagging in terms of cricket performance but always in the forefront for all the wrong reasons? There have been allegations of misuse of funds while the cricket team suffers and players aren’t getting proper facilities. Most people I talk to are disgusted with the cricket affairs and I will give my best,”
With a BCCI-commissioned Deloitte audit report finding financial irregularities amounting to around 100 crores as the Hyderabad Cricket Association is facing a series of allegations.
The High Court has even suspended the HCA president and former India spinner Arshad Ayub and Azhar knows what he will be up against. He said, “Why are they scared of facing elections? If they have done no wrong, why should they be worried? Let’s see what happens,”
Azhar also nullified reports of his ineligibility as he was banned in 2000 for match-fixing allegations. Although, even Andhra High Court pronounced its judgment in his favor and declared the ban invalid, but the BCCI is up till now to officially clear the ban. Azhar clarified, “The BCCI had two weeks then to challenge the High Court’s verdict and they didn’t. The court ruled in my favor and I have been told that I am eligible to contest the elections. All rumors are being spread by the other faction,”
There has been camping in Hyderabad for a few days by the former India skipper, who has rallied support around his contention. He stated, “Wait for a few days and you will know why am confident. The Lodha recommendations have been accepted by many states and it will be accepted by HCA too. We have to see how best to implement and use those recommendations,”