A cricket player in the ongoing Indian T20 League in Dubai has reported a corrupt approach to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), putting the board on high-alert.
The players, whose identity remains confidential, informed BCCI's Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) about an approach he received while in Dubai and the ACU are actively on the hunt for the person who made the approach.
ACU chief, Ajit Singh said, "We are tracking him (the person who made the approach). It will take some time.” With the players in a bio-secure bubble where only team personnel and families are permitted, it is impossible for an outsider to get in direct contact with a player.
The ACU suspects the approach came via social media and remain on the lookout for the person who approached the player in question.
The ACU had conducted multiple anti-corruption classes with Indian as well as overseas players ahead of the 13th edition of the league.
Fixing in the Indian T20 League
This wouldn't be the first instance of fixing in the cash-rich league.
In 2013, three players from Rajasthan - Ajit Chandela, Aniket Chavan and S Sreesanth - were arrested with charges of spot-fixing. The BCCI levied life-bans on all three players.
In 2016, all three players were found not guilty of the charges and Sreesanth had his life-ban revoked in 2019. The pacer is yet to make a return to competitive cricket, however.
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