Indian cricket team’s opener and the hero of 2007 ICC T20 World Cup Gautam Gambhir slammed national cricket governing organizations BCCI, Committee of Administrators (CoA) and the Cricket Association of Bengal for giving the honour of ringing Eden Garden’s bell to the former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin.
Azharuddin was invited as a guest in Kolkata’s Eden Garden cricket ground in the first T20 match against West Indies on Sunday. Traditionally, after playing the national anthem of both teams, Azhar rang the Bell to start the match.
In a tweet, Gautam Gambhir expressed his objection by posting Azhar’s ringing bell picture and wrote “India may have won today at Eden but I am sorry to say that the BCCI, COA and CAB were defeated. 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”.
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The crafty batsman and former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin have played 99 Tests and 334 One-Day Internationals for team India. In 2000, Azharuddin’s name was highlighted in alleged match-fixing scandal due to which BCCI banned him for the lifetime. However, after a long legal battle the court gave him a clean chit but by then his career had ended. The ban was lifted in 2012 by the Andhra Pradesh High Court, which termed the punishment ‘unsustainable’.
In January 2017, Azhar tried to take up administrative duties in cricket but Hyderabad Cricket Association rejected him from contesting elections due to lack of clarity on the status of his ban by the Board. However, earlier this year, the BCCI allowed him to contest the elections saying “he was no longer prohibited from holding any position in the BCCI, ICC or any other affiliate bodies”.