The upcoming match against New Zealand at Kanpur will mark India’s 500th game in the traditional format and Mohammad Azharuddin has been invited by the BCCI for it.
Azharuddin was imposed a life ban for his alleged involvement in match-fixing when the scandal first broke out in 2000. While Azhar had been acquitted by the court, the BCCI has so far avoided inviting him for official events.
Senior BCCI functionary Rajeev Shukla said that he is also a former India captain. “I see nothing wrong in it,” said Shukla.
As per official reports, former captains Sachin Tendulkar, Dilip Vengsarkar and Krishnamachari Srikkanth also have accepted the invitation of BCCI and will be present during the Test at the Green Park.
On the same hand, a specially minted silver coin with 500th Test embossed on it is being prepared for the toss.