On Monday, a lot of reports regarding match-fixing got popped out which left the Indian cricket fraternity in an eternal shock. After a few players and coaches associated with one of the franchises of the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) came under the scanner of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU), an Indian women cricketer revealed that she was approached by two bookies to fix matches. At the center of both these investigations is ACU chief Ajit Singh Shekhawat.
A day after both these incidents emerged, Shekhawat expressed that the star players like MS Dhoni or Virat Kohli will never fall prey to bookies as they have “more to lose than gain”. He also added that such players can’t sacrifice their reputation for such things.
Speaking to IANS, the ACU chief said, “If you ask me, today in cricket, a star has much more to lose than gain if he gets involved in this. Things don’t just move by money, it is also the reputation that counts. Even if you are talking just in financial terms, do you think they will get involved — both in terms of the endorsement that they get because of their reputation and star power, as also the other benefits that they get.”
He further explained, “These people (fixers and bookies) are looking at whatever opportunities they can get. If they can’t get into any tournament, they start their own leagues. They are now moving to new countries and in the name of promoting the sport, they organize tournaments and get teams. You can’t stop someone from organizing a tournament because this is a free country. But what BCCI can do is say this is not recognized so registered players won’t go. Still, some young players fall for this.”
But the ACU chief also went on to reveal that they are moving outside India shows that the BCCI has been successful in their attempt to have control over corruption in the game.
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Shekhawat said that things are getting difficult for them which helps them to different ways and means as they can’t carry on their business in traditional cricket. The ACU chief concluded, “The challenge before us is that majority of the corrupters are of Indian origin and they have started going out, which in turn shows that they are feeling the pressure in India and moving out which is a success for BCCI.”