BCCI ACU vs ICC ACU – Are they not on the same page? It’s quite paradoxical that despite the central idea of the two agencies being the same — to check, prevent and report cases of corruption i.e match fixing in cricket — they are often found not on the same page. While the ICC’s Anti Corruption Unit (ACU) conducts its business in a particular manner — naming and shaming the culprit, the modus operandi and findings of BCCI’s ACU seems not always in sync with its higher authority. The latest example being: the ICC ACU reportedly putting as many 42 suspects operating within India under its radar, while the BCCI’s unit has zeroed in, none.
According to reports, ICC’s anti-corruption unit’s general manager Alex Marshall has told Telegraph Sport, a London based daily, that a dozen bookies working in India are linked to most cases of fixing in cricket, of which there are 42 currently. But BCCI ACU is unaware of this development.
According to reports, a mastermind is on the verge of being outed as investigators are questioning a known fixer in Delhi, Marshall told Telegraph Sport. According to the general manager, ’10 to 12′ people working as bookies in India can be linked to most cases of fixing in cricket.
“I have no idea what the ICC findings are. We work separately and independently. We only cooperate with them when they ask us to. As far as we are concerned, there has not been a single case of fixing reported to us since the resumption of domestic and international cricket in India. We cannot disclose anything beyond that but yes we are also keeping our eyes and ears open and doing our bit of investigation as well. During the lockdown period when there was no international or domestic cricket, two cases of malpractice had come up which we had reported to the police and they were dealt with, But with regard to fixing, I can assure you neither there has been anything reported nor we found anything to be reported after the resumption of official cricket,” BCCI’s ACU chief Ajit Singh told Inside Sport during a chat on Monday adding that: “We have no power to deal with betting involving anyone if it happens outside India. So we couldn’t have done anything in the case of the IPL held in the UAE last year because betting is legal outside India,” Ajit Singh informed.
Marshal had mentioned in the report that fake matches were organised by dubious people and fixers during the lockdown. one such example was the Uva T20 league, shown to be played in Sri Lanka but was actually conducted at a ground in Sawara village in Mohali. Ravinder Dandiwal, who allegedly also fixed tennis matches across the world, was arrested by the Punjab police for a purported link to the Uva T20 League. During the pandemic, corruptors turned their attention to players whose livelihood had been affected, including those who play club-level cricket in Europe, the report said.
According to the ICC ACU plans, known corruptors will have their name, mugshot and aliases uploaded on the ICC website, a move which will identify corruptors faster. The ICC will also use article 2.4.9, under which known bookies/fixers or others trying to make a fast buck can be termed as ‘excluded persons’. Once players are made aware of these ‘excluded persons’, they must steer clear of them.