Mohammad Azharuddin was honoured by the BCCI and was offered to ring the bell to mark the start of the first Twenty20 International (T20I) between India and the Windies at the Eden Gardens on Sunday, After this Gautam Gambhir lashed out at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the Committee of Administrators (CoA) and the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) for giving the tainted former India captain such an honour.
Gambhir had tweeted:
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.
After expressing his displeasure, Gambhir faced backlash on Twitter. Fans didn't quite enjoy his stand against the Indian board allowing Azharuddin to ring the bell. Here are some of the reactions:
GG, you have disappointed me big time. Politics n all is fine but at least you must had respected the values of that game which gave you everything. #RespectYourSenior
High court cleared him up
Before that he was made MP from super honest party
BCCI was controlled by same party leaders
Case was not taken up to SC by grace of .....
Azhar had fought the decision in the Andhra Pradesh High Court, which ruled in his favour in 2012. The Indian cricket board didn't challenge the court order and later made it clear that it no longer prohibited Azharuddin from holding any position in the ICC or BCCI or its affiliated associations.