the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s ( BCCI ) head and Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU), Ajit Singh, believes that the 13th or 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League is going to be comparatively more secure and the reason is the bio-secure environment.
The 2020 edition of the IPL will be executed for 53 days, from September 19 to November 10, and will be played across three venues of UAE — Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and Dubai.
ESPNCricinfo quoted Singh as saying, “One can’t say whether it is going to be the safest one, but 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”.
Originally, the Indian Premier League was slated to start in March 2020, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was postponed.
“They throng around the hotel, keep sitting in the hotel lobby, come as sponsors asking players to become brand ambassadors, which is a cover for corrupt activity, so that sort of a thing would be avoided this time.” Singh further stated.
However, Singh said players could be approached through social media.
he said, “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,”
But still, there is one headache for Ajit Singh and that is to fight against illegal betting during the IPL 2020.
He says, “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 said. (ANI)