Azhar is Ready To Play 2nd Inning!

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Anas Baqai, Sports Editor, 6D

Muradabad, Former Indian Cricket Captain and Ex-MP from Muradabad, Mohammad Azharuddin recently gave indications that he will be fighting 2019 Loksabha Elections from Muradabad. Azhar had won in Loksabha Seat in year 2009. The congress leaders of the city were looking very happy to see Azharuddin making a comeback in Muradabad. Azhar’s Iftaar Party is being seen as hope in the congress party. Many Congress leaders and many eminent citizen of the city took part in the Iftar Party. Congress leader Begum Noor Bano, who had lost 2014 election from Muradabad, was missing at the Iftaar Party.

While speaking to the reporters during his Iftar Party at Nehru Yuva Kendra Azharuddin said that Muradabad, Azhar said that he will be working for the development of Muradabad. He is ready to fight 2019 elections from Muradabad.

Azhar expressed his unhappiness over politics on election of the President of India and use of word “Dalit”. He was reacting to BJP propaganda about their Presidential candidate Ramnath Kovind being “dalit.” He said that the president of India is “Indian” and branding President with such racial colour is unconstitutional.

When he was asked about Anil Kumble’s resignation, he said that it was good that Anil resigned. Atlas it will end the feud inside the team and they will play with more coherence. He acknowledged that there had been tiff between Virat and Anil and it could have turned ugly. Anil is a sensible man and he decided to move on. One needs courage to take such decision. When he was asked about Champion’s Trophy loss, Azhar said that India looked invincible during the tournament but Pakistan played well in the final and win. They were better in all the fields. They batted well, they fielded well and they polled well. He though skipped commenting on Indian team’s performance.

Azharuddin’s re-entry into Moradabad has kicked the political storm in the Moradabad constituency. The question are all messed up. The Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party are taken a back by early start of Azharuddin’s political activity for 2019 Loksabha elections. The local newspapers carried Azharuddin’s Iftar party news with prominence.


Azharuddin, a middle order batsman and captained the Indian cricket team in the 1990s, was elected as a member of the Parliament from Moradabad constituency on an Indian National Congress party ticket. In 2014 elections, Azharuddin decided to contest from Tonk-Madhopur in Rajasthan. He had lost against BJP’s Sukhbir Singh Jaunapuria. While, BJP candidate Mr. Sarvesh Kumar Singh won the Muradabad seat with more than 4 lac votes. Congress candidate Begum Noor Bano stood fifth with just 19700 votes.

Azharuddin became the captain of the Indian team succeeding Krishnamachari Srikkanth in 1989. He led the Indian team in 47 Test matches and 174 One Day Internationals. He led the team to victory in 90 ODIs, the highest until surpassed by M.S. Dhoni on 2 September 2014. His 14 test match wins as captain was a record until it was beaten by Sourav Ganguly, who has 21 test match wins to his name. Azharuddin was implicated in a cricket match-fixing scandal in 2000 and was banned by BCCI for life. On 8 November 2012, the Andhra Pradesh High Court lifted the ban describing it as “unsustainable.”

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