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Last Updated:  Wednesday, 29 January, 2003, 10:48 GMT

Azharuddin loses right to appeal
Former Indian cricket captain Mohammed Azharuddin has lost his right to appeal against a life ban imposed on him for match-fixing.

Hyderabad city court dismissed Azharuddin's call for arbitration to review the ban imposed in 2000 by the Indian cricket board.

Azharuddin sought an arbitrator after former team-mate Ajay Jadeja had his ban overturned on Monday at the New Delhi High Court.

In his appeal to the Hyderabad court, Azharuddin said his case was similar to Jadeja's and asked that the same arbitrator be appointed.

The court rejected the appeal, saying while the Indian cricket board and Jadeja had both agreed to have his case arbitrated, the board had never made any such agreement with Azharuddin.

The judge in the Jadeja case dismissed the findings of the Indian board's disciplinary panel, saying clear and definitive charges were never levelled against Jadeja.

The cricket board said on Tuesday it was seeking legal opinion on Mehra's decision, which allows Jadeja to resume his cricket career.

Scandal

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

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

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

The Indian cricket board then appointed its own inquiry commissioner, K. Madhavan, who endorsed the CBI's finding.



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