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BCCI reactions to spot-fixing follow ICC warning


Sanjeeb Mukherjea,CNN-IBN
May 20, 2013 at 09:31am IST

New Delhi: In a move that clearly depicts the BCCI's urgent need to clean up the mess in the aftermath of the spot-fixing scandal in the IPL, a number of important decisions were taken at the board's emergency Working Committee meeting in Chennai on Saturday. Two days after CNN-IBN had broken the story of the ICC having warned the Indian cricket board of the possible dangers of fixing in the IPL, the BCCI adopted measures that could easily be interpreted as those that had been advised to all cricket boards in the said report.

The BCCI president N Srinivasan announced that from henceforth, all player agents would need to be accredited. While also announcing that one anti-corruption official along with a security officer will be entrusted with the responsibility of securing all vigilance concerns for each franchise, he also reiterated that the BCCI would put in place all possible measures to monitor player behaviour.

CNN-IBN had reported on Friday, May 17 about the 2012 report that was commissioned by the ICC to review all anti-corruption measures in cricket. "The view of those consulted is that the arrival of international T20 cricket and the Indian Premier League has considerably increased the risk of match-fixing and spot-fixing," the report said. While it seems that the BCCI had ignored the perils of fixing as indicated by this report, its now evident that quite a few important recommendations in the report were adopted today by the BCCI as they went into damage control mode.

The BCCI on Sunday announced that it would regulate all player agents, and they would all need to be accredited from now on. The ICC report says, "Some cricketing countries have introduced an accreditation system for agents who represent players. Accreditation is required before an agent can negotiate with the cricket authorities on behalf of his client. The system allows accreditation to be withheld or withdrawn in the event of serious doubt about the agent's integrity. It is recommended that the ICC, with the involvement of the ACSU and Member boards, introduce an accreditation system for agents of international players.

Anti-corruption strategy emphasizes on three factors - enforcement, prevention and education. It is a matter of conjecture whether the spot-fixing incidents could have still happened in the IPL this year, had the Indian cricket board been more proactive and welcoming of the very important recommendations made in the said report.

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