- Chief of Anti-Corruption Unit said- Match fixers are trying to build relationships with players on social media
- Due to Coronavirus, all cricket tournaments including IPL till June have been postponed, suspense also on T20 World Cup
Due to the coronavirus which has engulfed the whole world, all the tournaments of the world including cricket have been postponed or canceled. One-third of the world’s population is imprisoned in homes due to lockdown. At such a time, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has asked all cricketers to be wary of match-fixers and corrupters. The ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) Chief Alex Marshall said this to The Guardian on Saturday. On the ICC’s warning, the BCCC said everything in India is under control.
Alex said, due to the Kovid-19, all sports tournaments, including international, domestic cricket, have been temporarily halted, but the corrupt are still active. As a result, our job now is to warn all members, players, associations, and agents. We are in close contact with all of them.
We have understood the players better: BCCI
BCCC ACU Chief Ajit Singh said, “We have no tension at all.” Indian players are well aware of the way corruption and match-fixers work. If they see any suspects, they will definitely report. The way match-fixers offer to players and how they work on social media, we have better understood our players. We have told the players that the bookies will pretend to be fans and then try to meet someone with an identity. If something like this happens, Indian players report to us. Ajit Singh, who was an IPS officer, said, “We keep an eye on the chatting of all the players.” If anything suspicious will be investigated after lockdown.
Currently, most of the players on social media are active
Alex has also been a former England police chief. He said, most players are active on social media due to the lockdown. At this time, many corrupt people are trying to make contact with them. After the game starts, they can start their game of corruption. We have kept an eye on all these. Also, to highlight all these organizations, they are in contact with the concerned institutions, associations, and sportspersons. I also warned them.
Threat on Asia Cup and T20 World Cup too
Due to coronavirus, all the cricket tournaments till June including the Indian Premier League (IPL) have been postponed. The suspense remains on the T20 World Cup in Australia and the Asia Cup in the UAE this year. Apart from these two big tournaments, the Indian team has to play 3 ODIs and 3 T20 series in their home from Sri Lanka in June-July. After this, there are 3 ODIs to play in the Zimbabwe tour in August. 4 Tests and 3 ODIs to be played in Australia at the end of the year.