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Azharuddin writes to BCCI officials, CoA for his compensation package

NEW DELHI Aug 8: It has been almost five years since the Andhra Pradesh High Court had ruled that the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) life ban on former Indian skipper Mohd Azharuddin in the aftermath of the match-fixing saga was 'illegal' and 'unsustainable'.
Despite the clear verdict, the BCCI choose to keep the Damocles sword hanging over the Hyderabadi batsman's head. Neither did the BCCI contest the court verdict nor did it officially revoke the ban.
This anomaly came to haunt Azhar earlier this year when he wanted to contest the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) elections.
The Returning Officer disqualified Azhar on the ground that the BCCI had not revoked his ban.
It is learnt that Azhar has written to the BCCI mandarins including president CK Khanna, secretary Amitabh Choudhary and even to the Committee of Administrators (CoA) asking them to clear his dues which include the one-time benefit given to the former captains of the Indian team.
Sources told TOI that Azhar had asked the board officials to consider his compensation package as he was exonerated by the High Court way back in 2012.
Sources said that the board officials - both Khanna and Choudhary, BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary and BCCI CEO Rahul Johri - could take up the matter with the CoA in the Capital on Wednesday in a bid to see if the BCCI can actually revoke the ban and start treating Azhar on par with other Indian cricketers.
Sources said that Azhar could get a patient hearing from the CoA, who are looking at each case on its merits and without any bias.
The fact that the board didn't challenged the Court order five years ago and in a way also means that BCCI accepted the Andhra Pradesh court order. "When there is nothing against him, why should he suffer?" a board official asked.
Sources said that the matter of giving Azhar his compensations will certainly have to be discussed at the BCCI general body.
Sources also said that Azhar didn't ask for any specific amount as his compensation. But it is indicated that the BCCI, if it considers paying him, will calculate his compensations like pension from the time the Court revoked his ban.
Last year, the BCCI had invited Azhar for a function to celebrate India's 500th Test which was against New Zealand in Kanpur. Azhar, along with Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar, MS Dhoni and Ravi Shastri, was honoured by the BCCI.- Times of India