Cricketer Gautam Gambhir expressed disappointment with Mohammed Azharuddin, who, as part of a new custom, banged the iconic Eden Gardens to mark the launch of the first T20I between India and the West Indies in Calcutta on Sunday.
The former captain was called for the ceremony by Bengali Cricket Union, but Gambhir believes Azharuddin's presence was against the BCCI's tolerance policy against corruption.
He wrote on Twitter, "India may have won today at Eden, but I'm sorry @bcci, CoA & CAB lost." It seems that Political No Tolerance against Corrupt takes leave on Sundays … it's shocking … The bell rings, we hope the forces they hear. "
India may have won today in Eden, but I'm sorry @bcci, CoA & CAB lost. It seems that the policy without clues against Corrupt takes leave on Sundays! I know he was allowed to challenge the HCA polls, but then that's shocking … The bell rings, we hope the forces they hear. pic.twitter.com/0HKbp2Bs9r
– Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) November 4, 2018
Azharuddin played 99 tests and 334 international one day tours for India before being banned by BCCI for his involvement in the 2000 Match Match Scandal. However, the ban was launched in 2012 by the Antir Pradesh Supreme Court, which marked the punishment "unsustainable".
In January 2017, the BCCI banned Azharuddin from questioning the elections of the Hyderabad Cricket Association for lack of clarity about the status of the ban by the council. Earlier this year, borad cricket gave him a green signal to challenge the polls saying he is no longer banned from holding any place at BCCI, the ICC or any other affiliate body.