9 Nov 2012

Azharuddin has life ban overturned

7:54 am on 9 November 2012

A court in India has overturned a life ban imposed on former India cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin by the country's cricket authorities.

Azharuddin had been banned from playing all forms of cricket in 2000 following allegations of match fixing.

The high court in Andhra Pradesh ruled that the ban on the cricketer was "illegal and unsustainable".

Azharuddin, now an MP, was one of India's most successful captains, and finished his career with 99 Tests.

Azharuddin, who made his international debut in 1984, scored 15,593 runs for India in 99 Tests and 334 one-day internationals, the last of which came in June 2000.

He shot into the limelight with a record three hundreds in his first three Tests against England, and also scored a hundred in his last Test innings.

Azharuddin joined politics in 2009 and is now a Congress party MP from Moradabad in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.