BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) chief Ajit Singh has appreciated the way the Indian players have been conducting themselves. He is of the opinion that senior players of the Indian cricket team have done a commendable job of educating their juniors against entering the corruption zone.
“I must say our seniors like Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, and Rohit Sharma among other have been brilliant and apart from the education we conduct every season, these seniors have been great mentors and have ensured that the youngsters coming in are aware that this is a zone which they should not enter at any cost. This has actually shown in how Indian players have conducted themselves keeping these things in mind,” ACU chief said speaking to ANI just a day ahead of the opening of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020.
The ACU will be closely monitoring all the activities during the tournament. The tournament will be played in three venues- Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah.
While the ACU head feels it will be a lot easier to supervise the tournaments due to the limited number of venues, the constrained physical moments owing to the pandemic may pose to be problematic.
“See, while the number of venues is less, the hurdles of physical movement due to the coronavirus pandemic also means that approaches if any will be made through social media. So, we are going to be closely monitoring the same and ensuring that there is nothing that escapes the team’s eyes,” he said.
Another factor of consideration and which requires quite a lot of attention is the host country’s bookies history. The country has been frequently linked to innumerable bookies and fixers cases. Commenting on this, Ajit Singh said, “Since we are monitoring movements the distance doesn’t matter whether a person interested in betting is 200 ft away or 2000 ft away. The challenge is social media and we are doing all things necessary to focus on that.”
The cash-rich league is slated to kickstart on 19 September with a chartbuster match between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings at Abu Dhabi at 7:30 PM IST.
A total of 50 matches will be played of which 10 matches will be doubleheaders, the afternoon slot being at 3:30 PM IST and the evening slot being 7:30 PM IST. The dates of the playoffs will be announced during the course of the tournament.