‘Vulnerable’ domestic games being monitored

Members of the BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Unit are present at potentially “vulnerable” matches of all the domestic tournaments.

New Delhi: With the aim to check corruption in cricket, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is keeping a close eye on domestic matches too from this season.

Members of the BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) are present at potentially “vulnerable” matches of all the domestic tournaments, including the Ranji Trophy, disclosed ACU director Ravi Sawani. BCCI's anti-corruption unit chief Ravi Sawani.

“ACU has started monitoring domestic matches too from this season. But we’re monitoring only the matches we think are vulnerable to corruption,” Sawani told MAIL TODAY. “ We are covering all tournaments. We will ensure corruption-free cricket and absolutely fair competition [between teams].”

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Asked how the ACU chooses potentially “vulnerable” matches, the former joint director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said: “There’s nothing like strong and weak teams. We determine that through an internal assessment.”

Sawani stressed that BCCI officials are not involved in choosing matches.  "We [ACU] brook no interference from anyone. The assessment as to which matches to supervise is entirely ours,” said the 1977 batch police officer of the Tamil Nadu Cadre. “Our men are there in the field and at team hotels for the matches we monitor.”

Before the 2013-14 domestic season began last month, members of the ACU delivered educational lectures to both junior and senior players of states competing in tournaments.

“We went to every state and educated the players. Between 50 and 70 turned up at all centres. We want them to cultivate good values. They were receptive to what we told them. We ensured that they understood what we said,” he said.


Reproduced from Mail Today. Copyright 2013. MTNPL. All rights reserved.

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