Perth Test match 'fixers' were on the BCCI radar

Updated: Dec 15, 2017, 17:43 IST | Bipin Dani

Revelation comes after a British tabloid alleges that bookies offered to spot-fix the third Ashes Test

The two Indian bookies, who have allegedly been trying to fix the third Ashes Test at Perth, were also on the radar of BCCI's Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU), it is learnt. According to highly-placed sources in the Indian cricket board, one of the two bookies is a notorious character and very much under the scanner of the Anti-Corruption Unit.

Ashes cricket Test match between England and Australia in Perth Pic/ AFP
Ashes cricket Test match between England and Australia in Perth Pic/ AFP

Oz 'fixers' were on BCCI radar
"The so-called coach runs a cricket academy in Delhi. His father is a member of the DDCA (Delhi and Districts Cricket Association). This son used to tempt young players and offer them a place in domestic matches. We had received anonymous complaints from a few players but nobody came forward to lodge it officially and therefore, the ACU could not take action against him. His colleague claims to be a lawyer, but was recently caught by the police," the BCCI source added.

Why this should worry India
The bookies told The Sun that they can fix games in high profile T20 leagues such as Australia's Big Bash League (BBL) and the Indian Premier League (IPL). One bookie boasted he carried out 17 to 18 fixes with two IPL teams.

Where Indians shouldn't worry
One of the bookies claimed to have, "a lot of contacts" with African, Australian and Pakistani players, who wanted money guaranteed and security. However, he didn't mention Indian players.

Not impossible, after all!
Pakistan's Sarfraz Ahmed (captain of Champions Trophy-winning team) and Graeme Cremer of Zimbabwe received fixing offers from bookies and reported the approaches to the International Cricket Council (ICC).

The Sun alerted ICC in 2010 too
In 2010, The Sun alerted ICC about the possibility of an England v Pakistan ODI (Sept 17 at the Oval) being fixed going by a "certain scoring pattern." The ICC responded a month later, saying they had no compelling evidence.

Another talking point for WACA
Even in its final big-ticket Test, the Western Australia Cricket Association ground (WACA) is linked to controversy. The Lillee-Miandad altercation took place here in 1981-82 as well as Lillee's aluminium bat incident in 1979-80.

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