Gautam Gambhir reiterated his no-tolerance stand on corruption within his own sport. In an interview to Republic TV's Editor-In-Chief Arnab Goswami, he expressed his displeasure at Mohammad Azharuddin being allowed to ring the bell at the Eden Garden for the T20I series against West Indies. He demanded that the names of the suspects of match and spot-fixing named in the Mudgal Committee report must also be revealed and must be punished.
Gambhir had lashed out at the BCCI, CoA and CAB on Twitter in November for allowing Azharuddin to ring the bell, despite knowing his past
On being asked about his tweet criticising the BCCI and COA for allowing Azharuddin to ring the bell at the Eden Garden, he said:
"Because I absolutely believe it. Azhar should not have been allowed to ring the bell. One run of honesty is more important than 10,000 runs of dishonesty. For me, one game played with honesty more important than 100 test matches played with dishonesty. Every time before the IPL, we had to attend ICC meeting on anti-corruption where it had been mentioned there are certain names of certain players who are a disgrace to the sport and Azhar's name is right there. And we make him ring the bell. The whole country knows about it," he said.
He also said that the names of those suspected of match and spot-fixing named in the Mudgal Committee report must be revealed and the individuals must be punished.
The names contained in a sealed envelope handed over to the Supreme Court by the Justice Mukul Mudgal committee is believed to contain names of eight cricketers and a popular commentator. In November 2018, the Committee of Administrators, including Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji, asked had the Supreme Court to reveal the names of all the 9 players who were suspected of match and spot-fixing named in the Mudgal Committee report.
"Everyone needs to know, the country needs to know, and it should know. People who have done this must be punished. I think it has been a long time I think it should. That is what the court needs to do, make the names public. If someone who has done something so wrong, in a sort where people worship you, then they must be punished.
"We have not spoken about the Lodha Committee in the dressing room," he said.