LS poll: Azhar’s name doing rounds as Cong candidate

Mohammed Azharuddin's name was doing the rounds as a possible Congress candidate for the Lok Sabha elections.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi | Published: January 20, 2009 8:01 pm

Mohammed Azharuddin’s name was doing the rounds as a possible Congress candidate for the Lok Sabha elections but the former Indian cricket captain made it clear that he had no immediate plans to join politics.

As news channels flashed the news of his possible entry into politics,Azhar himself expressed surprise at the speculation.

“As of now,I don’t know from where this story has come. If I join Congress,you will come to know that,” he said.

The reports,quoting sources,claimed that Azhar had recently met Congress Chairperson Sonia Gandhi and expressed his wish to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Incidentally,Azhar’s meeting with Telengana Rastra Samiti president K Chandrasekhar Rao in February last year had sparked a similar speculation about the possibility of the former captain joining TRS.

A veteran of 99 Test matches,Azhar scored 6215 runs at an average of 45.03. He also played 334 ODIs and scored 9378 runs at an avberage of 36.92.

Azhar was India’s most successful captain till Sourav Ganguly bettered his feat.

Azhar was banned in 2000 for his alleged involvement in the match-fixing scandal that rocked world cricket.

Along with his wife Sangeeta Bijlani,Azhar runs an event management company and has set up a health club in the Banjara Hills area of Hyderabad.

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