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The 3aaa County Ground, home to Derbyshire County Cricket Club

The 3aaa County Ground, home to Derbyshire County Cricket Club

Filming of the forthcoming biopic about the former Indian cricket captain Mohammad Azharuddin is expected to take place in Derby at the end of the month.

Derbyshire County Cricket Club is now in "advanced talks" with the producers of the upcoming film, Azhar.

Bollywood actor Emraan Hashmi has been cast in the lead role and will be in the city, along with 129 other cast members and crew, if filming goes ahead at the ground.

It would be a fantastic opportunity for the city of Derby as well as the club, and it is great just to be approached. I was given the impresison that it was Azhar who suggested the filming was done in Derbyshire
— Ryan Duckett, Commercial Director at Derbyshire County Cricket Club

The movie, due to be released in May, will take viewers through Azharuddin's journey, from being a famed cricketer to then being terms a traitor.

Azharuddin led the Indian cricket team for most of the 90s - in 1991 he scored 2,016 first-class runs for Derbyshire at an average of a shade under 60. He scored seven centuries and ten fifties that sumer, as well as a further 500 runs in one-day matches.

Azharuddin was probably one of the most successful overseas players Derbyshire ever had on the team. He was a really great batsman for the club, as well as for India
— Ryan Duckett, Commercial Director at Derbyshire County Cricket Club

Azhar, which is directed by Tony D'Souza and produced by Balaji Motion Pictures and MSM Motion Pictures, is due for worldwide released on May 13th, 2016.