Corrupt approach reported in T10 League in United Arab Emirates

first_imgThe first instance of an corrupt approach was reported in the second edition of the T10 League that concluded in Sharjah on Sunday. The incident occurred when a member of the support staff of the Bengal Tigers franchise was approached during the second week of the league.”A person claiming to be a potential sponsor approached the support staff. He soon began to seek direct contact with players with a possible agenda of seeking information. The matter was immediately reported to the Anti corruption unit who took care of the case,” a source told India Today.The likes of Zaheer Khan, Sam Billings and Jason Roy are the leading players that play for the Bengal Tigers.The league has the official sanction of the ICC and its anti-corruption wing is involved overseeing the conduct of the league.Another incident involving a different franchise too came under the scanner. “It first appeared as a possible honey trap but after investigations turned out to be a false alarm,” the source added.Earlier, speaking about the anti-corruption measures adopted during the competition, chairman T10 League, Shaji ul Mulk had told India Today, “We have outsourced the entire ICC Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) and with each team we have an ICC anti-corruption integrity officer. We strive to make this league where corruption can be checked at every step.”Alex Marshall, the general manager of ICC’s ACU did admit last year that bookmakers target the short format leagues that have proliferated around the world.”My point was not that the Tweny20 attracts corrupters but the explosion of the Twenty20 events, including some private events and some are designed for the whole purpose of corruption, have presented a new opportunity to the corrupts,” Marshall had said.advertisementFormer Sri Lankan all-rounder Dilhara Lokuhettige stands provisionally suspended after being charged with violation of Emirates Cricket Board during the first edition of the T10 League.Lokuhettige did not play a part in the league but a ‘Team Sri Lanka’ did take part in the competition.The T10 League organizers are hopeful cricket’s governing body will come out impressed with their anti-corruption measures this season. Some of the big names in cricket from Jonny Bairstow to Alex Hales to Chris Gayle as well as retired players like Shahid Afridi, Zaheer Khan and Shane Watson were among the cricketers participating in the tournament.Also Read | 6 fours. 8 sixes. 16 balls. 74 runs: Mohammad Shahzad sets T10 format on fireAlso Read | Pakistan will be ready for Virat Kohli in 2019 World Cup: Wahab RiazAlso watch –last_img

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