NEW DELHI  -  India’s former captain M Azharuddin was on Thursday a relieved man after the life ban imposed on him for alleged involvement in match-fixing was set aside by the Andhra Pradesh High Court but refused to take legal action against the Indian cricket board.

Azhar, who is now a Lok Sabha MP from Moradabad (UP) sought to strike a conciliatory note with the body which slapped him with the ban, saying that he would not want to blame anybody for the pain he suffered in the past 12 years.

"It was a long drawn out legal case and it was painful. We fought in the court for 11 years. There were lots of adjournments, changes in the case. But finally the verdict has come and I am happy that the ban has been lifted by the court," Azharuddin told a hastily-called press conference at his residence here

Asked if he would take any legal action against BCCI, the former captain said, "I am not going to take any legal action against any authority and I don't want to blame anybody for this also. It is about destiny and whatever had to happen has happened. I don't have any complaint."

A bench of justices Ashutosh Mohanta and Krishna Mohan Reddy of the Andhra Pradesh High Court gave relief to Azharuddin, allowing his appeal challenging the order of a local court, which had upheld the decision of the BCCI.

The bench lifted the ban agreeing with Azharuddin's counsel K Ramakant Reddy's argument that there was no evidence against the former cricketer that he succumbed to any pressure while playing cricket.

Asked persistently if the ban was illegal, Azharuddin said, "That is why it was lifted. But I don't want to say much about this. I have said whatever I wanted to say at the court through my counsel."

"My conscience was clear and I was not happy by the ban. But I am the person to take things positively. I am happy now and want to move on," said the former. Azharuddin said it was important for him to clear his name in front of the eyes of the people of his constituency in Moradabad.

"It was important for me to clear my name as I am representing the people of Moradabad. I am happy now in front of them," said the Congress MP.

He said that he would be happy if he gives back to the game whatever he had learnt in his career. "I want to give back to the game and I want to share the experience I have gained in my career to a youngster," he said.

Asked about the India-Pakistan limited-over series in December, Azharuddin said, "It's a welcome development and we should encourage cricket ties between the two countries."

The ban was imposed in 2000 by BCCI as per the suggestion of a three-member committee comprising its erstwhile president A C Muthaiah and two vice-presidents Kamal Morarka and K M Ram Prasad in the wake of allegations of match-fixing against Azharuddin.

In a career spanning about 15 years, Azharuddin, known for his stylish batting, played 99 Test matches and 334 ODIs.

The High Court observed that BCCI had proceeded against Azharuddin unilaterally and the order of the trial court was unsustainable.