Azhar rings bell at Eden, Gambhir questions BCCI's 'no tolerance policy against corrupt'

Mohammad Azharuddin Photograph:( Zee News Network )

New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 05, 2018, 05.24 PM (IST)

Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir on Monday slammed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Committee of Administrators (COA) and Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) for inviting former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin to ring the bell for the India vs West Indies T20I at Eden Gardens.

The act of CAB, which invites former players to ring the bell prior to the start of a match there, did not go down well with Gambhir, who seemed to have questioned how a cricketer, who was once banned for match-fixing, was given such an honour.

He further questioned ‘no tolerance policy against corruption’ of BCCI, CAB, and COA.

“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,” he wrote on his Twitter.

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In 2000, Azharuddin was banned for his involvement in the match-fixing scandal. However, the ban was later lifted in 2012. 

Azhar had captained in 47 Tests and has played 99 Tests for India. He has scored 6,215 runs at an average of 45.03. 

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Gambhir seemed to have questioned how a cricketer, who was once banned for match-fixing, was given such an honour.