Match fixing attempts in domestic cricket leagues are not just limited to the Tamil Nadu Premier League, which has been in the news for the past few days for investigations by the anti-corruption unit of the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
Anti-corruption unit (ACU) chief Ajit Singh, former Director General of Police in Rajasthan, has reportedly revealed that players in two other State cricket unit-organised leagues too have been approached by suspicious, unknown people. The ACU is reportedly investigating the approaches to influence the Karnataka Premier League and Mumbai T20 League players.
The Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) is not the only local T20 competition under investigation by the ACU. Players from the T20 leagues conducted by the Karnataka State Cricket Association and Mumbai Cricket Association have also reported approaches from suspicious, unknown people and investigations are on, ACU chief has revealed.
“Some players have been approached during the Karnataka Premier League and they have reported the matter. We are also enquiring into the approach made to a player in the Mumbai T20 league,” Ajit Singh has told national daily Hindustan Times.
“From the last season onwards we have taken over the anti-corruption operations of the local T20 leagues.
“Any player who has been approached is supposed to report it to us. It’s part of his obligation and we do the investigation,” Singh said added similar investigation was on in the TNPL.
The ACU has also registered an FIR against two persons in a Bengaluru police station for making an alleged approach to a prominent member of the India women’s team earlier this year, offering her a huge amount if she joined hands with them for match-fixing and cheating.