Gavaskar confirms that bookies have been trying to impact IPL games this season.
The BCCI’s interim President Sunil Gavaskar has revealed that a couple of approaches from bookmakers have been reported to the ICC’s Anti Corruption unit during this season’s IPL.
Gavaskar said that the players in the IPL have now become more comfortable in reporting bookie approaches as an integrity officer placed with each team has made it easier for the players to feel secure while communicating.
“Sometimes players didn’t know what to do,” the Indian legend was quoted by ESPNCricinfo.
“Okay, there was a number to contact. But a lot of people [players] were thinking if you contact it, does your number come under their list.
“The anonymity and confidentiality aspect was something the players were not sure about.”
Gavaskar also felt that preserving the image of the IPL after last year’s fixing scandal has become of utmost importance to the BCCI, who are also seeking advice of recently retired Indian players in Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble and VVS Laxman on how to get upcoming young players to imbibe the integrity aspect of the game into their culture.
On the topic of assisting the ICC on anti-corruption matters, Gavaskar also reassured that the leak of Brendon McCullum’s much publicised testimony revealing match-fixing information had not come from the IPL.