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Clarity likely in a fortnight

Azharuddin

Mumbai: Just where former captain Mohammed Azharuddin stands vis-a-vis the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is likely to become clear in a fortnight.

The Andhra Pradesh high court, it may be recalled, has struck down as “illegal” and “unsustainable” the life ban slapped on him by the BCCI a dozen years ago.

According to a well-placed source of The Telegraph, the Azhar issue figured on the sidelines of Wednesday’s working committee meeting here.

It couldn’t be confirmed, but it appears that those calling the shots in the BCCI have accepted a suggestion from former president Jagmohan Dalmiya to “study all relevant papers” over the next two weeks.

“Dalmiya specifically said that if there’s actually nothing against Azhar (now a Congress member of the Lok Sabha), then he’s been punished enough and the ban should be revoked.

“If, on the other hand, there’s a case for appealing against the order, then the BCCI must decide on what’s to be done,” the well-placed source revealed.

The timeframe, for deciding one way or the other, is a fortnight.

If the BCCI lifts the life ban, which effectively means nothing now, then the International Cricket Council will probably be obliged to “take suitable note.”

Azhar, incidentally, was present during the BCCI’s annual awards function and made it a point to greet Dalmiya (“Sir, aap kaise hain?”).