Along with the Anti-Corruption Unit of India, now the Anti Corruption Unit of Sri Lanka is also investigating into the matter of fake UVA T20 League. The matter is currently under the investigation and Indian streaming platform FanCode has also joined the investigation process. Meanwhile IPL 2020 & BCCI’s sponsor Dream11 has claimed that they do not have any role to play with the league.
On the other hand FanCode in a statement claims they were duped by the organizer by providing forged documents and all of these fake documents, details, evidences have been submitted to investigation authorities in Sri Lanka & also the Mumbai Police.
‘We are closely working with the Anti-Corruption Unit of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC). All documents/evidence and details used to defraud us have been shared with the investigating authorities including the Mumbai Police and the ACU. We will be more than happy to provide information/evidence/documents to any and all investigating agencies working on the matter’, clarified FanCode through a release of official statement by the platform.
Fake UVA T20 League : What exactly is the matter ?
The said league was announced in the name of Sri Lanka Cricket and it was claimed many international Sri Lankan cricketers will be playing the tournament. The league which was claimed to be played in Sri Lanka actually was being played in a local club ground in Sawara village close to Mohali. Dream11’s streaming platform FanCode live streamed the league on the opening day. As soon as SLC cried foul and declared that they don’t have any association with the league the entire matter came to fore.
“There is also chance that Dream11 may be linked. We think the kits used might have been from a previous Dream11 tourna-ment. All of the kits had “Dream11” on the back – there is clearly a chance that these could have been forged, but two sides had tape covering up the Dream11 sign. This is strange: if someone was forging it and didn’t want two sides to have it displayed then arguably, they wouldn’t print in the first place.”
Dream11 releases statement, no role at all in the FAKE UVA T20 League
It is worth noting that FanCode the streaming partner of the FAKE UVA T20 league is owned by Dream Sports which also owns India’s leading fantasy platform Dream11.
“Dream11 has had no contact or any form of association with the organisers of the fake UVA League. Dream11 wishes to place on record that no use of Dream11 brand or logo was ever authorised or approved and appropriate legal action in this regard, as may be advised, will be taken.”– Dream11 Spokesperson
Full Official statement from FanCode
“FanCode is an aggrieved party in this whole incident of Uva League, as it has transpired that the documents submitted by the organisers during our due diligence process were forged/fabricated. FanCode has filed a formal complaint with the Mumbai Police on July 6th, 2020.
The organisers had provided us with a Letter of Sanction from Uva Province Cricket Association along with an email from the official email id of SLC that provided confirmation of the authenticity of the tournament. After Day 1 of the tournament, where FanCode streamed two matches, the legal team of SLC reached out to us and informed us that the same matches are not approved by them. As soon as we received this intimation, we immediately stopped streaming these matches on our platform.
We are closely working with the Anti-Corruption Unit of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC). All documents/evidence and details used to defraud us have been shared with the investigating authorities including the Mumbai Police and the ACU. We will be more than happy to provide information/evidence/documents to any and all investigating agencies working on the matter.
FanCode aims to promote niche & underserved sports in India that are not accessible to Indian sports fans. Over the last year, we have partnered with over 25 global sports federations and leagues across multiple sports like cricket, football, basketball and handball, with the goal of better access for these sports to sports fans in India. FanCode follows a strict process for shortlisting and screening potential league partnerships for live streaming of matches. Before streaming any tournament/league on our platform, we diligently check if the tournament is approved by a recognised sports authority/association.”