Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the Committee of Administrators (CoA) and the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) were blasted by an angry Gautam Gambhir on Monday for allowing Mohammad Azharuddin to ring the bell at Eden Gardens. Ringing the bell ahead of an international match became a ritual at Eden Gardens and some other venues in India recently with former players being given the honour. However, Gambhir was left fuming with the decision to let a cricketer, who was once banned by the BCCI for match-fixing, being given such an honour.
The former India opener, will always be associated to Eden Gardens after he captained the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to the IPL title, expressed his displeasure at Azharuddin ringing the bell before the start of the 1st T20I between India and the Windies.
Gambhir said that while India won the match against the Windies, "the BCCI, CoA and CAB lost".
Azharuddin's career came to a controversial end when he was named in the infamous match-fixing scandal in 2000 and subsequently banned for life by the BCCI.
The ex India captain 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.
Azhar represented the national team in 334 One-day Internationals and made 9,378 runs at an average of 36.92. He captained India in 47 Tests, played 99 Tests for India and scored 6,215 runs at an average of 45.03.