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BCCI denies "private understanding" with Azhar

The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Sunday denied that it had made any offer to former Indian captain Mohammed Azharuddin to lift the life ban imposed on him.

"Why should the BCCI have anything to do with the banned players. I deny that the board has any private understanding with Azharuddin. The matter is in the court and let the courts decide," BCCI president A C Muthiah said reacting to a media report.

The 'Daily Telegraph' of London in a report on Saturday said "Indian board have made a face saving offer to Mohammed Azharuddin by offering to lift the life ban imposed on him if he is willing to give a voluntary pledge that he will never again be involved in cricket."

Azharuddin has challenged the life ban imposed on him in a Hyderabad court, next hearing on which is due on August 29.

As a fallout of the match fixing scandal BCCI had banned Azharuddin and Ajay Sharma for life and imposed a five-year ban on Ajay Jadeja, Manoj Prabhakar and former physio Ali Irani.

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