The Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi; one of the three venues for the ongoing IPL Credit: IPL Twitter

Incidents of players being involved in alleged match-fixing and other corrupt practice allegations in various cricket tournaments including the IPL are many, and once again the issue of an corrupt approach in the ongoing Indian Premier League has taken the limelight.

A cricketer who is a part of the ongoing Indian Premier League, in the UAE, has “reported a corrupt approach” , putting the anti-corruption unit(ACU) of the BCCI on a high alert.

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The 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League is being held in a bio-secure environment in the UAE, which has reduced the chances for individuals with dubious credentials approaching a player directly, but the threat still remains due to the large online network of corruptors.

BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Unit chief and the former DGP of the Rajasthan Police, Ajit Singh while speaking to the leading news agency PTI, confirmed that a player has reported a corrupt approach. “Yes (a player has reported aproach)”, Singh said. “We are tracking him. It will take some time,” the ACU chief said on asked whether the alleged corruptor has been nabbed.

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According to the anti-corruption protocols, the name of the player(whether Indian or overseas) or the franchise involved has is not revealed for confidentiality purposes. With the players and the support staff of all the teams already in a bio-secure environment, the ACU is looking more into the possible online corrupt approaches.

Reports while quoting the BCCI sources say, all the players whether international or uncapped, Indian or overseas have been given multiple classes on anti-corruption ahead of the tournament, as most of the players these days are available on social media platforms, where unknown people masquerading as fans can approach them with wrong intentions.

Due to the health and safety protocols, the ACU organised its mandatory classes virtually this year for all the eight franchises. Ajit Singh is leading an eight-man ACU team in the UAE.

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The BCCI has collaborated with Sportradar, an UK-based company, which will offer its “integrity services” to help BCCI in preventing betting and other corrupt practices throughout the ongoing IPL through its Fraud Detection Services(FDS).

Tom Mace, the chairman of the Sportradar’s global operations, in a statement told that, ““The company’s Fraud Detecting System (FDS) monitors odds in the markets of over 600 bookmakers.”. Tom further added in his statement that the bookmakers are of various kinds, from a number of countries, various regions, which also includes the so-called grey market or the illegal operators”.

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