According to a report from news agency PTI, Mohammed Siraj, the star pacer of the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Indian cricket team, reported a “corrupt approach” to the Anti-Corruption Unit of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) earlier this week. The BCCI has a zero-tolerance policy towards corruption in cricket and has several measures in place to prevent and combat it. The matter is being seriously looked into by the BCCI.
Who approached Siraj?
According to sources cited by several media houses, an unknown man who is said to be a driver, approached Mohammed Siraj and sought inside information on the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) team. Siraj, who is currently playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for RCB, reported the incident to the BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) immediately.
An anonymous BCCI source while speaking to the PTI said, “It wasn’t a bookie who approached Siraj. It is a driver from Hyderabad who is addicted to betting on matches. He had lost huge money and approached Siraj for inside information. Siraj reported the approach immediately. The law enforcement authorities have nabbed the man. More details are being awaited,”
The BCCI has a strict code of conduct when it comes to corrupt approaches, and any player or official who fails to report such an approach can face sanctions. The ACU is responsible for maintaining the integrity of cricket and preventing any corrupt activities. The unit investigates any reports of suspicious activity or approaches towards players and takes appropriate action based on their findings. The BCCI has taken several measures to prevent and combat corruption in cricket, including educating players and officials on the dangers of corruption, implementing strict anti-corruption measures, and working closely with law enforcement agencies to crack down on corrupt activities.
“It is acknowledged that the fight against corruption requires prompt reporting of all such approaches and any unnecessary delay in doing so may undermine the effectiveness with which the ACU BCCI and other relevant anti-corruption bodies can protect the integrity of the sport. It is acknowledged that the assessment of whether there had been an ‘unnecessary delay’ in each case will depend on its own circumstances, but it is always unacceptable (and will therefore constitute ‘unnecessary delay’) for a Participant to wait until after the match in respect of which he/she was invited to engage in Corrupt Conduct before reporting that approach to the ACU BCCI,” the BCCI’s anti-corruption code says.
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