Please note: This is a humorous piece – pure fiction.
After the Andhra Pradesh High Court ruled that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was wrong in imposing a life ban on Mohammad Azharuddin, the board has decided to compensate the loss of reputation of the former cricketer by renaming the upcoming India-England Test series as Mohammad Azharuddin Trophy.
"We offered him a place in the current team so that he will be able to play his 100th Test match, but Azhar said no to that,” BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla told Faking News.
While Shukla claimed that Azhar refused a place in the team because he lacked match practice, sources claim that Azhar, who is also a Congress MP, declined because didn’t want to travel to Gujarat where the first Test match takes place in Ahmedabad.
A source, on conditions of strict anonymity, told Faking News, “Azhar was worried that he might be blamed by party members if Congress failed to do well in the upcoming Gujarat Assembly elections. In Congress, success is credited to Sonia Gandhi or Rahul Gandhi, while failure could be attached to anyone.”
However, both Mohammad Azharuddin and Rajiv Shukla - another member of Congress - rejected such reports. “These are all baseless and malicious reports,” Shukla said. “Azhar is not ready to play any match and the BCCI thought that the best way to undo the losses and restore some of his lost honour would be to name the current series after him.”
When asked how BCCI could rename an existing series while it had turned down a similar request from Sharmila Tagore to rename the series as Pataudi Trophy, Shukla said, “The two cases can’t be compared. We didn’t get any request from Sangeeta Bijlani.”
“Also, we take our own decisions and don’t like outside interference,” Shukla added.
Experts claim that this is just the beginning, and after this clean chit by the court, Azharuddin could be made the head of the Anti-Corruption Unit of the BCCI.
“It will go well with the current scheme of the things in the country,” Katrina Khurshid, an expert said.
(Rahul Roushan, is a graduate from IIM Ahmedabad, who goes by the name of “Pagal Patrakar” (that’s “Crazy Journalist” in Hindi). Rahul says for him, “satire is an attempt to point out shortcomings or oddities in our society, ideally with a message and intent for betterment, in a non-hostile manner and without sounding overtly accusative or pontificating.” He is the Managing Editor of www.fakingnews.com from where the above article has been sourced with permission)