Nineteen years is a long time. But former India captain and batting legend Mohammad Azharuddin has spent almost two decades waiting for his dues from the Board of Control for Cricket in India. Finally, the BCCI has cleared a payment of ₹ 1.50 crore approximately to Azharuddin, more than 19 years after he had last appeared for India in an international match on June 3, 2000.
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, who was leading India in Azharuddin’s last international – a One Day International against Pakistan in the Asia Cup at Dhaka on June 3, 2000, has confirmed that the board has cleared Azharuddin’s dues of approximately ₹ 1.5 crore.
“It’s cleared,” Ganguly confirmed about Azharuddin’s dues after the board’s 88th Annual General Meeting in Mumbai.
A couple of years ago, the then BCCI acting president CK Khanna had told Sportstar that the BCCI’s legal team had conveyed it had nothing to challenge Azharuddin’s claim, and that the onus was on the Committee of Administrators to take the next step. However, the process could only be initiated after the new BCCI committee took charge last month.
Azharuddin’s dues had been withheld following his ban for alleged match-fixing. Azharuddin had defended his case in the Andhra Pradesh High Court and got it to rule against BCCI’s process of conducting the probe and arriving at the decision to ban him for life.
The Board did not challenge the verdict of the Andhra Pradesh High Court and Azharuddin has been pleading for the clearance of his dues.
Azharuddin has since been elected the president of the Hyderabad Cricket Association and he had attended the BCCI Annual General Meeting as the State body’s representative.
Interestingly, Azharuddin has proposed that every Indian Premier League franchise should have Indian head coaches; however, there was no decision on the matter.
The IPL’s Governing Council, headed by Brijesh Patel, could discuss the matter later. “It is up to the franchise to decide. We cannot dictate terms. However, a proposal has come and we will consider the matter,” one of the members of the IPL Governing Council said.