For the last fourteen years, former all-rounder Ajay Sharma had to deny himself the experience of watching from within a stadium his son Manan play cricket. Sharma was handed a life ban by the Indian cricket board and over the past 14 years had to live with the stigma of being branded a cheat.
That was till a Delhi court provided him relief last week when he received a certified copy of a May 24, 2014 verdict.
“I would never go to watch Manan play. Once I requested him if I could go to the stadium to watch him. He straightaway refused and asked me not to show up at the ground,” Sharma said.
Now, Sharma hopes to fulfil a long cherished dream.
“I am really very happy and elated at the moment. I have no regrets. Now, I can start going to the ground once again,” Sharma said.
He is also hoping to land a coaching job. “Now that I don’t carry any baggage, I want to help Delhi’s budding cricketers. I am ready to help the boys if the DDCA provides me an opportunity,” he added.
On the career of his son, Sharma said, “All these years I haven’t been able to concentrate on Manan at all. But I am happy that now I will be able to do that. I want to help Manan.”