Former Indian cricket captain and Congress leader Mohammad Azharuddin has said that he is keen to fight the 2019 elections from his home ground of Secunderabad in Telangana.
However, he was quick to add that the final decision will be taken by the high command of the Congress.
In an interview to PTI, the news agency quoted him saying, "I have visited so many places and villages in the constituency and spoken with farmers and other people, they all welcomed me to contest from there. I have conveyed my feelings. At the end of the day, the party is the supreme power...I want to work for the people there (Secunderabad). I have worked very hard in the constituency, but I don't believe in publicity. What I gathered from my party is that, they are also keen that I go there."
Azhar, a former MP, had won the Lok Sabha elections from Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh in 2009 but had faced a defeat in 2014 when a contested for a seat in Rajasthan.
In January last year, Azhar‚Äôs nomination for the post of president of the Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) was rejected by the returning officer.
Returning officer K Rajeev Reddy cited the ban imposed on Azhar by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for his alleged involvement in match-fixing.
Azhar said he can't be prevented from contesting the HCA elections as the court had struck down the ban on him. When reminded that the BCCI had not officially lifted its ban on him, Azhar said the board did not challenge the court order.
The former captain claimed that he had also given a representation to the BCCI.
In March this year, HCA President G Vivekanand and its Secretary T Shesh Narayan were disqualified and asked to step down by the Hyderabad High Court, after several complaints of conflict of interest.
Azharuddin was also made a respondent in the case as he had fought a long and contentious battle, claiming that Vivekanand's election was illegal.