Azhar, coaching rural kids
By Bernie Wijesekera
Mohammed Azharuddin the former Indian test captain was banned from international cricket by the ICC for his field conduct. He has now turned out to be a cricket commentator for the Aajtak and Headlines Today (TV). He is here to cover the Lanka (IOC) Indian Oil Asia Cup now in progress.

Azhar, still fit to play was seen at the Rangiri Dambulla Stadium in the two Sri Lanka games between UAE and India under lights. The Sunday Times interviewed him.

Q: Now that you are banned from the Big league (International Cricket), in what way are you helping the game?
A: Though I am not playing first class cricket, I am still contributing to the game.

Q: In what way?
A: Helping and coaching less affluent rural kids at grassroots level. I have passion for the game and playing a role on and off the field. Today I am a commentator to the Aajtak and Headline Today.

"Asia Cup, is one of the main contests in West Asia and is much look forward to. Pakistan, making a comeback is good for the game and is build fellowship.

Sri Lanka is a beautiful country, smiling people and the players are very friendly on and off the field. I am privileged to be here today.

The tournament is very well organized. This picturesque Dambulla Stadium is one of the most beautiful grounds in the world. Playing in their own backyard, Sri Lanka should be in the forefront in the ongoing tournament", added the beleaguered former Indian captain.


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