Former India captain and Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Sourav Ganguly. @ AFP
Former India captain and Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Sourav Ganguly. @ AFP

Veteran India opener Gautam Gambhir slammed the Sourav Ganguly-led Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) for inviting former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin for the first Twenty20 International against West Indies at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Monday. Azhar rang the traditional bell at the venue to signal the start of play.

“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, who is quite outspoken on social media, tweeted on Tuesday.

Azharuddin was banned for life for his involvement in the 2000 match-fixing scandal. However, the Andhra High Court overturned the decision in 2012 and since then the Hyderabad cricketer has been a regular face at many events and matches.

Earlier in the day, Gambhir relinquished his Delhi captaincy citing the need to groom someone younger for the job. Allrounder Nitish Rana was named as the new captain.

“Gautam has intimated the state team’s chief selector Amit Bhandari that he would like to opt out of captaincy,” PTI quoted a senior office-bearer of the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) as saying.

“He suggested that someone younger be groomed for the job. Nitish Rana will lead the side and Dhruv Shorey will be his deputy.”

“Time to pass the captaincy baton to youngsters, hence have requested the DDCA selectors not to consider me for that role. I will be in the background helping the new leader to win games,” Gambhir tweeted on Monday.