Preventing corrupt practices in IPL through social media will be the focus of the BCCI’s anti-corruption Unite (ACU) in the upcoming IPL season. The watchdog of corrupt practices will educate the players through video-counselling instead of physical sessions.
An eight member BCCI team which is led by Ajit Singh landed in Dubai on Tuesday & is serving their six day Quarantine period. Singh has already said that the IPL 2020 will be more secure than earlier as it will be conducted in a strict bio-bubble environment. There will be no crowds at the stadium & the fans won’t be allowed to throng the team hotel. Earlier there have been myriad instances when the corrupt people pretended as fans & approached to players.
The ACU team will be speaking to all the eight teams separately & the sessions will be very useful for the young players who are not yet exposed to International cricket & the glamour of the IPL. The established players are already aware of the ACU protocols.
“This time there will be video counselling and it won’t done on one to one basis. We can do it in a group as well as individual basis depending on what is possible and we will do it one by one (with all teams).
“We have also hired sports integrity agencies. We will use their help in bet monitoring activities, if any suspicious clients are there,” Singh told PTI.
The players will be told about different ways corruptors may try to reach them via social media or WhatsApp as they are the two main avenues they can reach the cricketers in a protected environment.
“Even in India, if we do need information, we do exchange information with ICC so that stays that it is. Nothing suspicious has been reported so far. We have two security liaison officers with each team.
“They are the ones who are keeping an eye on the bubble,” added the former DGP of Rajasthan Police.
The sessions are expected to start after the ACU team completes its six day Quarantine & will be done keeping the team’s training schedules in mind.