Gautam Gambhir stirs a new controversy questioning the BCCI’s Anti-Corruption policy
Azharuddin was earlier accused and banned for his involvement in the 2000 match-fixing scandal by the Indian board.
by Sai Author
Published - Nov 5, 2018 6:36 pm | Updated - Apr 18, 2019 3:26 pm
It is not common for an Indian cricketer to be critical of another member of the fraternity or the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) either. But Gautam Gambhir is one of the most vocal names in the current generation. He uses social media as a means to propagate his ideas and views as well as opinions on various matters all that with no filters. His most recent tweet criticizing the BCCI’s Committee of Administrators (CoA), as well as Cricket Association of Bengal, has stirred quite a controversy.
The occasion was India vs Windies 1st T20I at the Eden Gardens and the association invited former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin to ring the ceremonial bell to commence the game. Gambhir has a strong relationship with the venue having led the IPL franchise from the city. After the match, he questioned the BCCI’s ‘No Tolerance Policy against Corruption’ and said it appears as if they take a break on it for Sundays.
In fact, for him, the moment Azharuddin rung the bell even spoiled the joy of Indian team’s victory. Gambhir pointed out that he is aware of the fact that the former captain is going to contest for the position of Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) president but this was beyond understanding.
“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,” Gambhir 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. pic.twitter.com/0HKbp2Bs9r
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) November 4, 2018
Allegations against Azhar
Azharuddin was earlier accused and banned for his involvement in the 2000 match-fixing scandal by the Indian board. Over a decade later in 2012, he succeeded in winning the legal battle and was cleared by the Hyderabad High Court and his ban was lifted as well. Since then he has been back to mainstream cricket actively featuring on expert panels on the news channel and is a member of the HCA as well.
Betting as well as spot-fixing has been around cricket for a while now and though there are voices backing the legalization of betting in India there is still sometime before anything of that sort materializes.