Desperate to restore its public image which was severely tarnished after murky dealings were exposed in Indian Premier League VI, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) initiated a massive anti-corruption drive this domestic season.
Various anti-corruption officers of the BCCI have held sessions with all Ranji Trophy teams on the do’s and don’ts during matches.
This is the first time the BCCI has initiated an anti-corruption drive in domestic cricket, said Prof Ratnakar Shetty, General Manager, Game’s Development of the BCCI.
“After all that happened in the last IPL, we realised that players need to be guided well. And this is the place (Ranji Trophy) where we can start educating them.
So, this season our anti-corruption team held sessions with every team where they explained in detail the anti-corruption policy and their conduct. We have also deputed an ethics officer at each venue to keep a close watch,” Shetty told MiD DAY yesterday.
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A source said, a team of Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) had a one-hour session in the Wankhede Stadium dressing room to brief Mumbai and Maharashtra players on Monday.
It was the third time the Mumbai team was briefed by the ACSU. They were first briefed in their opening Ranji encounter against Haryana at Lahli which was Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell match for Mumbai. The second time was against Karnataka in Bangalore.
In the September 2013 Annual General Meeting, the BCCI constituted a committee of ASCU which is headed by Ravi Savani, who headed the anti-corruption unit of the International Cricket Council.
Shetty said the anti-corruption guidelines are as per the standards set for international matches. “There are specific guidelines on the use of internet in the dressing room which the players need to be aware about. The ACSU officers also keep a check on the hotels where players are staying.
We also introduced media accreditations for domestic matches this season so that players can identify who are genuinely from the Press,” Shetty said.