The Indian cricket board faced huge criticism from fans after it posted a birthday message wishing legendary former India skipper Anil Kumble.
The BCCI's twitter handle wished Kumble a happy birthday describing Kumble as a "former bowler." However, the board deleted the message after irate fans took offence at the spinning great being described simply as a "former bowler".
"Here's wishing former #TeamIndia bowler @anilkumble1074 a very happy birthday," read the BCCI message on its official Twitter account, before the post was deleted.
"Umm bowler? Wasnt he also Captain and Coach and is India's leading Wicket taker?" replied a fan on Twitter. Other fans urged the board to give Kumble his "due respect". The BCCI then tweeted another message calling him "former captain" and "legend", but the damage was done.
Wish you a very happy birthday, Kumbels! You have been an inspiration for generations together and will continue to be one. pic.twitter.com/3vqMpqhu6E-sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) October 17, 2017
Happy birthday to India’s biggest match winner...have a great one @anilkumble1074-Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 17, 2017
A very happy birthday to one of the finest players & an amazing human being. Always inspiring. Have a wonderful year ahead @anilkumble1074.-cheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) October 17, 2017
Truly one of the legends of Indian cricket and played massive part in Indian cricket's success. Many happy returns @anilkumble1074-Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) October 17, 2017