Azharuddin, who joined Congress in February 2009, contested the last Lok Sabha polls from Moradabad in Western Uttar Pradesh and defeated his nearest rival by a margin of over 50,000 votes.

Azharuddin is also known to be close to senior Congress leader and Union Minister of State for Railways Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, who enjoys massive support in West Bengal.

The Moradabad MP said that no final decision has been taken in this regard. Congress general secretary Shakeel Ahmed (party observer in West Bengal) and Adhir Chowdhury will take decision on the constituency from where he will contest the upcoming elections, added Azharuddin.

Azharuddin was captain of the Indian cricket team for most of the 1990s. He is one of India's most successful captains, winning 103 ODIs, which is still an Indian record. His 14 Test Match wins as captain, was a record until it was bettered by then Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly with 21 test match wins.

Towards the end of his career Azharuddin was accused of match-fixing when South African captain Hansie Cronje, in his confession for match-fixing, indicated that Azharuddin was the one to introduce him to the bookies. Later, BCCI imposed a life ban on Azharuddin.

However, on 8 November, 2012, the Andhra Pradesh High Court lifted the life ban on Azharuddin and said the ban was “unsustainable”.


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