17 January, 2021

Azhar's Maiden Trouble

While he leads India's World Cup challenge, a family scandal brews back home in Hyderabad

Azhar's Maiden Trouble

FOR Indian skipper Mohammad Azharuddin, the toughest confrontation is yet to begin. Embarrassed and enraged family members, incensed in-laws and a wife who refuses to be "divorced through an announcement made to the media" await his arrival in Hyderabad after the World Cup. Then, predict friends, there will be fireworks. And it won't quite be cricket.

"Let him just come back. He has a lot to answer for," says father Azizuddin succinctly. The threatening tone is unmistakable. Ask a few more questions, bring out the camera and the tall old man stands up and roars: "What do you want to show the world? Our morose, embarrassed faces?" Then, as if on cue, his youngest son Iftikaruddin springs to his defence. "We managed to keep even the BBC out," he asserts.

Not surprising really. Considering that the Indian captain's sprawling Vajeh Mansion in Hyderabad's posh Banjara Hills area has been turned into an impregnable fort ever since Azhar announced his decision to break his nine-year-old marriage.

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