Gautam Gambhir and Mohammad Azharuddin involved in new controversy
Gautam Gambhir, the former Indian opening batsman has always been extra expressive on and off the field.
Once again he has attracted a huge controversy towards himself. This time he has alleged Committee of Administration (CoA) and Cricket Association of Bengal through his twitter handle.
All the controversy started when India was set to play their opening T20 International match against the West Indies at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The Board of Control for Cricket invited former Indian legend Mohammad Azharuddin to ring the iconic bell before the start of the match. Gambhir didn’t like this fact as his sentiments were hurt. Gambhir has captained the Kolkata Knight Riders having this very ground as their home venue and led them to two IPL titles.
“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.
Here’s the tweet:
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
The legendary Indian skipper Azharuddin was banned by the Board of Control for Cricket in India in 2000 for involving in a match-fixing scandal which shook the whole cricketing world at that time. Though he managed to prove the accusations made over him wrong, the time went by. In 2012, the court cleared him from all the false charges.
Since he was set free from all the allegations, Azharuddin mostly does a job of a news channel cricket expert. He features on many news channels analysing Indian national side’s performance post-match. He is even in the committee of HCA.
All over the world, betting is legal, but in India, it will take some time to change the cultural minds of Indian people as well as the Indian law. But spot-fixing has been done on many occasions in cricket nowadays. But still it is a huge crime when you are representing your country with utmost pride and cricketers must fear to do so and that’s why the harsh decisions towards the culprits from the cricketing boards is a must.