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Indian cricketer receives threats
Mohammed Azharuddin
Azharuddin is serving a life ban
A former Indian cricket captain has been provided security after he allegedly received death threats, a senior official said.

Mohammed Azharuddin has been provided with armed guards in the southern city of Hyderabad where he lives.

The police said they had reports about alleged threats to the cricketer's life from criminals in Mumbai (Bombay).

Azharuddin is serving a life-ban imposed on him by the Indian cricket authorities for fixing matches.

The cricketer has always denied the charges

A senior Hyderabad police official, Tejdeep Kaur, told the BBC that security guards began accompanying Azharuddin and securing his home since last month.

She did not give details on the threats allegedly from criminals based in Mumbai.

Azharuddin has refused to comment on the threat, and said the security provided to him was a personal matter.

Scandal

Azharuddin was among four players banned by the Indian cricket board at the height of the match-fixing scandal that swept international cricket.

Azharuddin and batsman Ajay Sharma were banned for life, while all-rounder Ajay Jadeja and bowler Manoj Prabhakar were suspended for five years.

The India's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had ruled the four player were paid by bookmakers in order to fix matches.

The Indian cricket board then launched its own investigation, which endorsed the CBI's finding.

Azharuddin played 99 Tests and 334 one-day internationals for India.



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