Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin has been elected President of the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA). A stylish batsman during his playing days, Azharuddin won by a wide margin as he received 173 votes as opposed to the other candidate Prakash Chand Jain who got 73 votes.
This victory marks his official entry into cricket administration after he ran into trouble previously for having his nomination rejected on technical grounds. The 56-year-old’s triumph means that his path to redemption may well have been completed since he was once found guilty of match-fixing and as a result banned for life.
He was considered to be the central figure in the 2000 match-fixing scandal that shook Indian cricket to the core. A local court later termed his ban illegal and he has gradually come back into the BCCI mainstream.