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February 20, 2009

Mohammad Azharuddin enters politics, bats for Congress

In the season of celebrities joining politics in droves just ahead of Lok Sabha elections, former Indian cricket captain M Azharuddin is the latest to enter the political arena.

Azhar said that he was always an admirer of Congress and its policies apart from its role in the freedom movement. He said that he wanted to give back to the countrymen by joining politics.

Though the Hyderabadi cricketer achieved tremendous fame for his batting exploits and captaincy, Azhar's involvement in the match-fixing controversy brought blemish in the twilight of his otherwise outstanding career.

Though 'tainted', Congress leaders said that they had no qualms in having Azza, who was banned from international cricket, join their ranks. Congress said that there was no criminal case against the cricketer.

A world class batsman who was known for his silken touch and artistry with the bat, Azhar came from a humble Muslim background and later attained dizzy heights in cricket world.

His popularity cut across all cross-sections. The Congress might field Azhar as its candidate from his home state Andhra Pradesh though there is no formal announcement as yet.

TIH Bureau

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