Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) fast bowler Mohammed Siraj has reported a “corrupt approach” to the BCCI’s Anti Corruption Unit (ACU) from an unidentified person, who was talking about his team after “losing a lot of money” in an IPL game. Wanted “inside information”.
The Indian pacer, who is the highest wicket-taker for RCB with eight wickets, claimed that he received a call and immediately informed the ACU officials who work with the teams.
At the Chinnaswamy Stadium, RCB lost their last match against Chennai Super Kings by eight runs. Sri Lankan pacer Mathisha Parthirana bowled two crucial final overs to help CSK seal the win by restricting the hosts to 218/8 while chasing a target of 226.
A top BCCI source told PTI on the condition of anonymity, “The person who contacted Siraj is a Hyderabad-based motorist who is addicted to gambling. “Siraj immediately reported the approach.
The person has been taken into custody by the police. More details are awaited, the source said.
The BCCI had strengthened its ACU network after the 2013 spot-fixing controversy involving S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan, Ajit Chandila and former CSK team principal Gurunath Meiyappan.
Now, there is a dedicated ACU officer for each team who stays in the same hotel and is on-site to monitor all activities.
Additionally, there is a mandatory ACU training for players on the dos and don’ts, and sanctions are in place if a player fails to report a corrupt approach.
Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan was suspended in 2021 after he failed to report a cheating scheme while playing ahead of the IPL season.
With four points, RCB are currently placed ninth after two wins and three losses.
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