The franchises of the Indian Premier League (IPL) were given a briefing on the dangers of the match-fixing menace and ways to avoid it. At the workshop for the franchise owners and representatives in Jodhpur recently, Ravi Sawani, the head of the Anti- Corruption Unit of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), gave a presentation on anti-corruption matters and measures.
He even gave them a list of dos and don’ts. In an audio-visual session that lasted nearly an hour, Sawani spoke of the global operators and explained how innocent players can avoid being trapped by bookies and fixers. Going specifically into an instance, Sawani apprised the teams of a suspect character who was found at matches in New Zealand and also in South Africa.
The identity of the person was not known, but he was apparently spotted at cricket grounds by International Cricket Council’s (ICC) anti-corruption sleuths in different hemispheres. The presentation was made about six months after the BCCI banned five players for anti-corruption activities following a sting operation by a television channel which exposed their misdeeds.
During the briefings, the teams were told about the modus operandi of the bookies and were warned of strangers coming in contact with the players. In particular, they were told to be wary of the people who should not be at the place where they are found. The teams were also reminded of the Salman Butt episode and where shown the footage of Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Aamir falling prey to the lure of easy money. The video, prepared by the ICC’s anti-corruption authorities, was a stark reminder of innocent players going astray. “It was a very useful and educative session. I found it very interesting. It is apparent that they want us to be sensitive to this issue. There is a code of conduct in place and this year they seem to want to emphasise on this,” said a franchise representative.
“Now we know how the anti-corruption sleuths operate and how they track the suspect persons,” said another franchise official. The IPL has employed the ICC’s Anti Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) for the tournament since its inception. The BCCI formed its own anti-corruption unit last year, but it is unclear whether they will employ their own unit or the ICC’s for IPL 6.