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Former India batsman Ajay Sharma has been cleared of match-fixing by a Delhi district court after 14 years.
The court also ordered the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to release Sharma’s benevolent fund and allowance.
It is also understood that Sharma has requested the BCCI to allow him to participate in the board’s activities.
Sharma, who represented India in one Test and 31 ODIs, was banned for life in 2000 after he was found guilty of having associated with illegal bookmakers. However, Sharma argued that the BCCI’s decision to appoint K Madhavan as the commissioner to investigate the match-fixing scandal had violated certain rules and regulations.
“It’s been a turbulent phase in my life for the past 14 years,” Sharma told PTI. “It’s hard for anybody, but now that the court has cleared my name of any wrongdoing, I can look forward towards starting a meaningful chapter in my life after all these years. Hope the stigma goes away.
“I have no bitter feelings against anyone. No regrets that my first-class career came to an abrupt end. I just want to look forward. Now I can at least watch my son Manan [Sharma] play from the stands during Ranji Trophy and other domestic tournaments. I would like to contribute meaningfully in Delhi cricket.
“Hopefully, I will be getting all my dues as the court has cleared my name. I would also like to now share my experiences and technical inputs with juniors. I would be available if DDCA wants to use my services in any manner.”