Cricket is gentlemen’s game but some mal-practices like match-fixing and age fraud has tarnished the image of game often. These corrupt and illegal practices have often put the future of game as well as players in jeopardy. While the Cricketing nations and Governing bodies have done their best in carving these mal-practices, such incidents keep on showing up in one or two years.
Cricket History is filled with such examples, when players were either involved in fixing or were approached by bookies in domestic as well as international cricket. The rise of T20 Cricket and the huge amount of money associated with it have also played a part in youngster’s falling in the trap of bookies and fixing-scandals.
But the histories have always prepared us for betterment. Two seasons ago, when Shakib-Al-Hasan failed to report corrupt approaches, ICC took a stern action and suspended him for two years. This incident delivered a strong message in Cricket community and now players understand that not reporting an illegal approach is as bad as involving in fixing itself.
Recently, a player has reported a corrupt approach in the ongoing edition of the IPL. BCCI’sAnti– Corruption Unit chief, Ajit Singh also confirmed the news and assured that investigation is underway. “Yes (a player has reported approach),” Singh told news agency PTI.
The news was more shocking to everyone this time as players are currently in bio-bubble and its almost impossible to reach out to them physically. Also, the ongoing edition of the IPL isbeing played in the UAE. However, someone either managed to sneaked in or approached the player by some other means.
Though, the police didn’t reveal the player’s name following protocols, currently the police are tracking him. “We are tracking him. It will take some time,”Ajit added.
BCCI has also roped in ‘Sportradar’ to work with its Anti-Corruption Unit in this year’s IPL. Sportradar is a leading supplier of sports integrity solutions and data products. Tom mace, chairman of Sportsradar Global Operations, gave more details on the incident and their preparations for carving such things.
“The company’s Fraud Detecting System (FDS) monitors odds in the markets of over 600 bookmakers. These bookmakers are of different kinds, from different countries, different regions, including the so-called grey market or the illegal operators,” Tom Mace told.
On the seriousness of case, a top BCCI official emphasised that players are well educated to recognise and report such incidents. “The best part is that the player who was approached immediately sensed that something is fishy. He had a suspicion and he immediately shared his concerns with the ACU.
“Every player, even those who have come from the U-19s are well aware of each and every anti-corruption protocols,” a top BCCI official told PTI.