IN the wake of the IPL spot-fixing scandal,the anti-corruption unit of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has begun its programme to sanitise cricketers about fixing across various age groups. Special sessions with an officer from the ASCU has been organised for the players who are a part of the ongoing National Cricket Academy camps in various cities.
The anti corruption unit of the BCCI has recently begun the education course for cricketers during the national camp for under 19 and under 15 players,held in Bangalore and Mysore. Ravi Sawani,director of anti-corruption unit has planned the educational course. From July onwards these course will start in every state association alongwith anti-doping procedures, BCCI game development manager Ratnakar Shetty said.
In Mysore,where the NCA is having its off-season camp for boys under 25,the group of youngsters had been listed the dos and donts while playing match for their respective states.
BCCI ACSU senior investigation officer Sethu Madhavan,who conducted the special session in Mysore explained that no information should be given to any one before the game starts,not even to family members. Players should also not discuss about playing combination,the youngsters were instructed. This is similar to the anti-doping lectures we imparted before implementing it. Educating cricketers is the most important thing at the moment and that is what the board is doing, a BCCI official said.
In the detailed talk to the players,they were made aware of match fixing,spot fixing and betting. The ASCU officer also clarified that agreeing to fix but not proceeding to do so or not reporting the approach of a bookie would also count as an offense. Inform us or team manager if you receive any call from unknown person. the officer added. During the session,Madhavan told the players that the upcoming Ranji season will have one ACSU officer accompany each team. Now if the player has to meet someone,he will have to take the team manager permission, a player,who attended the session,said.
Madhavan went on to make it clear that International Cricket Council (ICC) has an agreement with legal betting markets and they would be provided any relevant information if they were to ask for it. The players were also made aware of the fact that they would be under surveilance. Your phones can be tapped if your name comes up during investigations or if you are under suspicion. This can be done independently by either the board or the police. If a player is caught he will certainly end up behind bars, the instructor is supposed to have said.