30 July, 2021

Mohammed Azharuddin

After Vinod Ganpat Kambli’s recent allegation that I was guilty of match-fixing, friends and fans have been calling up inquiring if all this was true...

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Mohammed Azharuddin
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After Vinod Ganpat Kambli’s recent allegation that I was guilty of match-fixing, friends and fans have been calling up inquiring if all this was true. Well, I know I should have admitted this long ago but not many people know that match-fixing (that’s what we called it) has been an obsession with me ever since my days at the All Saints High School, Hyderabad. There were friends and relatives (who I won’t name) who were kinky enough to snap matchsticks and then pass on boxes of them to me. And yours truly, with the patience shown when batting on a difficult wicket, would use adhesives and restore the matchsticks. Thus was born the legend (among the privileged few) of Azhar the match-fixer. “If we are the match-breakers, then Azoo is the match-fixer,” was a refrain I would hear even before I had outgrown my shorts.

Later, when I progressed (thanks to my cricketing skills) from Hyderabad to the world stage, I did not give up my old pastime. So, in a manner of speaking, I won’t deny Kambli’s charge...

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