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Controversial Cricketers XI: Forming a team out of the most controversial cricketers of all time

Rajdeep Puri
FEATURED WRITER
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Mohammed Azharrudin

Former Indian captain Mohammed Azharrudin was involved in a fair share of controversies throughout his career.

The most infamous one of them all was the match-fixing scandal of 2000 in the South Africa-India series where Azharuddin was involved with a number of bookies to fix the matches. Then South African captain Hansie Cronje indicated that Azharuddin was the one to introduce him to the bookies.

An investigation done by the CBI led to Azhar being banned for life. However, the ban was lifted in 2012. He played in 99 Tests and 334 ODIs for India.

Marlon Samuels

West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels was involved in a controversy in 2007 which led to him being banned for 2 years by the ICC.

In the West Indies tour of India in 2007, he was accused of providing a bookie with information regarding the team before the match took place. Although there was not enough evidence to prove that he was involved in match-fixing, a leaked phone conversation proved to show that he was participating in some betting.

After a hearing into the matter, in May the International Cricket Council enforced a two-year ban on the 27-year-old for "receiving money, or benefit or another reward that could bring him or the game of cricket into disrepute."

Marlon Samuels has been an integral part of the West Indies set-up since his return in 2010 and was also a part of the squad which won the 2 T20 world cups.

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