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How bookies used casino chips and call girls to try and fix WC games

During the 2011 World Cup in India, a bookie SB was monitored by Indian and Sri Lankan ACSU unit officials.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: May 19, 2014 5:16:31 pm

According to confidential documents of ICC’s anti-corruption unit (ACSU) accessed by the British paper Telegraph, attempts were made by bookies to contact players during the 2011 World Cup and on India’s tour to England in the same year, apart from the 2009 World Twenty20 in England. The involvement of several Indian bookies, known simply by the names given to them by the detectives, has come to light.

During the 2011 World Cup in India, a bookie SB was monitored by Indian and Sri Lankan ACSU unit officials, “made several attempts to approach players,” according to the report. The bookie later travelled to UAE, attempting to fix a Test series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, but the players had already been given photographs of SB and were warned off him.

In 2011, an Indian bookie “KB”, was photographed at the London hotel where visiting teams usually stay near Lord’s, on July 25, the final day of the Test against England. The report, however, does not suggest that matches on the tour were fixed.

Other bookies used other means to lure players in. A couple, known as DP and NM, approached players during the World T20 in 2009 in England, attempting to honeytrap and blackmail cricketers into fixing. NM was pictured in a bikni and the ASCU is of the opinion that she was clearly using her charms to corrupt players. She later attempted to approach players during the 2011 World Cup, and her actions were reported by the player to the ASCU.

Gambling with future

Bookies RA and RS attempted to buy players over by giving them casino chips and promising to provide them call girls at a ‘safe hotel room.’

These are not the only instances of bookies attempting to influence players and matches, however.

Prominent Indian bookie JS, who was being tracked by detectives for having a history of match-fixing allegations and approaches to players, allegedly contacted the brother of an international player to spot fix a Test series for $96,000. The player reported the approach to the ACSU. Another Indian bookie, known as VG, attempted to fix other televised matches.

“Another bookie ASK brokered a meeting with the same agent to arrange the fixing of matches played by an Indian club side in England in 2011 against an unnamed associate team,” reported the Telegraph.

“In total the ACSU chased 281 lines of inquiry across the world, investigated 11 corrupt approaches to players or team officials, 124 suspicious actions, monitored the suspicious activities of 67 individuals, sifted through 74 pieces of technical data and worked through five other pieces of information related to fixing,” says the Telegraph.

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