Ajit Singh, the head of Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU), has faith that the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 is working to be relatively more sheltered because of the biosecure environment.
“One can’t say whether it is going to be the safest one, but definitely it is going to be better from the anti-corruption point of view because there is going to be no interaction between the teams, support staff, and outsiders. This season is going to be comparatively more secure. But, still, it is not (going to be) foolproof thing,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Singh as saying.
The 13th edition of the extravagant game will be played for 53 days, beginning from September 19 to November 10, athwart in three venues in the UAE — Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and Dubai.
Primarily, the 13th edition of IPL was scheduled to commence from March 29, then it was postponed due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Singh further stated that “They throng around the hotel, keep sitting in the hotel lobby, come as sponsors asking players to become brand ambassadors, which is basically a cover [for corrupt activity], so that sort of a thing would be avoided this time.”
Yet, Singh said players could loom through social media.
“Instead of person-to-person communication or direct face-to-face communication, there could be communicated through social media. If somebody approaches me on Facebook and then it starts as an innocent post coming from a fan, ultimately if you find that there is some possibility of being able to compromise the person you might make an attempt. So, we have to continue with the [anti-corruption] education,” he said.
Singh feels the other task would be the gambling market as he said, “We would be monitoring the betting market, how the betting market is going, does it give suspicious trends. And one has to keep the informers active and then also monitor social media”
Singh also pointed out that the BCCI ACU, which has eight officers along with SLOs, was well-equipped to handle the tournament and did not need the presence of staff from ICC ACU team.
Until the 2018 edition, the ICC’s ACU had been involved from time to time on a contractual basis and had even stepped in for the part of Shakib Al Hasan investigation that involved his time with Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2018.