6 October 2020
A cricketer, competing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) has reported a corrupt approach. The current edition (13th) of the IPL 2020 is being played in UAE. The match is in a bio secure environment, which has significantly reduced the chance for persons with dubious credentials approaching the player directly.
Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) anti-corruption unit (ACU) chief Ajit Singh is leading the eight-man team to UAE. Singh, former Director general of police of Rajasthan, confirmed the development and said that he was watching the movement of the player concerned.
When players and support staff staying in a bio-bubble, it is possible for others to make contacts online. Most of the players are on social media platforms like Instagram and Twitter where it is possible for outsiders to befriend them.
The player who was approached became suspicious and he shared his concerns with the ACU.
According to the anti-corruption protocols, the name of the player or franchise has not been revealed.
The BCCI has tied up with UK-based company Sportradar, which offers “integrity services” to prevent betting and other corrupt practices during the upcoming IPL through its Fraud Detection Services.