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Match fixing in T20 World Cup? Player approached with corrupt intentions, ICC takes action

Match fixing in T20 World Cup? Player approached with corrupt intentions, ICC takes action

This incident highlights the vulnerability of players from associate nations, who may be seen as easier targets for corruption.

The ongoing T20 World Cup has seen a welcome display of vigilance from the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU). Their swift action prevented a potential match-fixing attempt after a Ugandan player reported a corrupt approach.

Former Kenya player targets Uganda cricketer

During the league stage matches in Guyana, a former Kenyan cricketer, whose identity has not been revealed, reportedly tried to contact a Ugandan player multiple times using different phone numbers as per PTI.

Recognising the red flags, the Ugandan player, following the ICC’s strict anti-corruption protocols, immediately reported the approach to the on-site ACU officials.

Zero tolerance for corruption

The ICC has a zero-tolerance policy for corruption in cricket. Their anti-corruption code outlines various offences, including match-fixing, betting on matches using inside information, and failing to cooperate with investigations. Importantly, failing to report a corrupt approach is also an offence.

This incident highlights the vulnerability of players from associate nations, who may be seen as easier targets for corruption. However, the Ugandan player’s commendable act of reporting the approach demonstrates the growing awareness and commitment to fair play within the sport.

ICC tightens Anti-Corruption Measures

The ICC is constantly striving to protect the integrity of the game. Recent amendments to the anti-corruption code, effective from June 1st, empower the governing body and member boards to proactively investigate such incidents.

The code applies to all cricket participants, including players, coaches, team officials, and match officials. The maximum penalty for breaching the code is a lifetime ban from cricket, with potential criminal sanctions depending on the jurisdiction.

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Players empowered with knowledge

International cricketers are regularly briefed on the risks of corruption and are well-versed with the anti-corruption code. This incident, along with the example set by Canada’s Hamza Tariq in the 2011 World Cup, underlines the importance of vigilance and reporting any corrupt approaches to safeguard the spirit of the game.

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