Kolkata: Batsman Gautam Gambhir, who is active on social media and doesn't shy away from voicing his opinions on issues concerning the nation, has hit out at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) and the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB).

Gambhir slammed the authorities for letting former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin to ring the bell at Kolkata's iconic Eden Gardens ground before the start of the India-West Indies T20I on Sunday evening.

The Delhi left-hander took to Twitter to say that India had won the match but BCCI, CoA and CAB had "lost". He termed the move as "shocking".

"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 wrote on his Twitter page along with a picture of Azharuddin ringing the bell.

Azharuddin, who played 99 Tests and 334 ODIs for India, was handed a life ban by the BCCI in 2000 for alleged match-fixing. However, his ban was lifted by the Andhra Pradesh High Court in 2012.

In 2017, he was disallowed from contesting Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) elections citing no clarity over his ban. However, earlier this year, he was allowed by the BCCI to stand for HCA polls.

Gambhir has a special connection with Kolkata and its fans. He was part of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for seven years in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He led the team to two IPL titles in 2012 and 2014. This year, he left Kolkata and was bought by Delhi Daredevils for Rs 2.8 crore in the auction.

So far, BCCI has not commented on Gambhir's tweet and CAB president Sourav Ganguly too has not reacted.