Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin has filed his nomination for the post of president of the Hyderabad Cricket Association, PTI reported. Incumbent president, Arshad Ayub, had quit following the Supreme Court verdict on January 2, which barred officials from holding posts in both the Board of Control for Cricket in India and state cricket associations, according to one of the recommendations of the Justice Lodha panel. The panel was appointed by the Supreme Court in a bid to clean up Indian cricket following the 2013 spot-fixing scandal.

“I want to serve Hyderabad cricket,” Azharuddin told The Hindu. “It is in doldrums now despite the team making it to the Ranji Trophy semi-finals this year. The fact of the matter is that there is no development of the game and there are corruption issues in the HCA. I want to ensure that cricket flourishes in Telangana.”

Azharuddin was implicated in the 2000 match-fixing scandal and was banned for life by the BCCI. In 2005, the Andhra Pradesh High Court lifted the ban, calling it “unsustainable”.

Lodha panel asks state units to name eligible office-bearers

The Lodha panel has written to BCCI CEO Rahul Johri seeking names of eligible new office bearers who would replace the now disqualified officials, the Indian Express reported. On Monday, Johri wrote to the state units requesting them to submit to the BCCI a list of new office bearers who will be discharging the functions in the absence of the previous incumbents.