India took on Windies in the first T20I of the series at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata. The venue has adopted a new tradition of a huge bell being rung by former cricketers before the game starts. For the recent game, the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) invited India’s former captain Mohammad Azharuddin to start the proceedings.
It didn’t go down well with Gautam Gambhir. The left-hander lashed out at BCCI, CoA and CAB for asking Azharuddin to ring the prestigious bell. He expressed his disappointment on Twitter with a fiery tweet.
“India may have won today at Eden but I am sorry @bcci, CoA &CAB lost. Looks like the No Tolerance Policy against Corrupt takes a leave on Sundays! I know he was allowed to contest HCA polls but then this is shocking….The bell is ringing, hope the powers that be are listening,” wrote Gambhir on Twitter.
India may have won today at Eden but I am sorry @bcci, CoA &CAB lost. Looks like the No Tolerance Policy against Corrupt takes a leave on Sundays! I know he was allowed to contest HCA polls but then this is shocking….The bell is ringing, hope the powers that be are listening. pic.twitter.com/0HKbp2Bs9r
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) November 4, 2018
Azharuddin was accused of match-fixing during his playing days for which he was banned from playing international cricket. Although he was later cleared by BCCI of all the charges. The Hyderabad-cricketer also went on to contest in the Hyderabad Cricket Association elections.
But Gambhir is still not convinced and felt that the move to give him an opportunity to ring the iconic bell was wrong. Going by his tweet, the Delhi-lad was also disappointed that Azharuddin was allowed to contest the HCA elections.
This is not the first time Gautam Gambir has expressed himself publically. Recently, he had bashed the Aam Aadmi Party for not being able to check the deteriorating air quality in Delhi. Earlier, he was also involved in a heated argument with the Pakistani reporters on television for the India-Pakistan game in the Asia Cup 2018.