Known to hold strong opinions and political views, discarded India opener Gautam Gambhir create quite a stir when he slammed the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) for inviting former India skipper Mohammed Azharuddin during the first T20 international between India and West Indies at the iconic Eden Gardens. Azharuddin was banned for life by the BCCI for his alleged involvement in the match-fixing scandal that rocked the cricket world in 2000. However, in 2012, the former captain’s ban was overturned by the Andhra High Court. Also Read - IPL 2020 News, DC vs KXIP: Shreyas Iyer Reflects on Delhi Capitals Loss Against Kings XI Punjab, Says Should Serve as a Wake up Call For Us
The outspoken Gambhir has lashed out at the top bosses of CAB including Sourav Ganguly and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Also Read - IPL 2020 News, DC vs KXIP: Sachin Tendulkar Compares Nicholas Pooran's 'Stance And Backlift' to South Africa Great JP Duminy
However, in the latest Twitter post by a renowned journalist, G Rajaraman has blasted Gambhir for showing double standards with his latest rant about Azharuddin and match-fixing. In the picture, the Delhi-born cricketer was seen sharing the stage with Azharuddin during an event way back in 2014 where other cricketers like Wasim Akram, Virender Sehwag and Shoaib Akhtar were also present. Also Read - Mohammad Nabi Returns to Melbourne Renegades For Big Bash League 2020-21
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“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.
Repeated calls to CAB president Sourav Ganguly and joint secretary Abhishek Dalmia went unanswered. While the BCCI has never formally issued any statement on the Azharuddin issue for the past few years, he has been a regular feature in the board’s events. His financial dues, though, are yet to be cleared.
Earlier this year, Gambhir wasn’t happy after Manoj Prabhakar was shortlisted for Delhi coach’s job.
It was learnt that Virender Sehwag, one of the members of the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association’s Cricket Advisory Committee, didn’t like some of the questions that Gambhir had posed for Prabhakar.
Two years ago, the DDCA was forced to replace Ajay Jadeja with Vijay Dahiya after Gambhir made it clear that he won’t play if the former remained the coach. Gambhir has in the past expressed his views on wide-ranging topics from politics, terrorism to sports.