WT20 team under corruption investigation

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The head of anti-corruption and security at International Cricket Council (ICC) Ronnie Flanagan speaks during a news conference in the Indian city of Mumbai on March 6, 2016. The 27-day ICC T20 Cricket World Cup begins in India from March 8, 2016 and will be played across Bangalore, Chennai, Dharamsala, Kolkata, Mohali, Mumbai, Nagpur and New Delhi. / AFP / PUNIT PARANJPE

Mumbai: One of the International team’s participating in WT20 is under investigation for corruption. The head of ICC’s anti corruption unit (ACU) Ronnie Flanagan said that some players facilitated bookies by planning to manipulate in the forth coming matches.

According to details the head of ICC’s anti corruption unit revealed that one of the International team is presently under investigation, he said it is difficult for me to disclose the ongoing case and provide specific details but quite recently we have reasons to believe that a particular team is having intentions to manipulate events in the forthcoming matches. This was an International team and since the matter is still under investigation, I cannot go into the details.

We believe certain individual players had corrupt intentions. In this case we took some important decisions just like the police and intervened immediately to start the operation. Our focus will be on the individual players whom we suspect but we will remind the entire squad for all their responsibilities. In this particular case we took action against one or two players but further action would be taken.

Earlier the ACU was heavily criticized during the ‘Chris Cairns case’ in which they failed to prove anything. Upon a question regarding the faith of players on ACU, Flanagan replied that a dedicated hotline has been set up for the WT20 and we’ll ensure that the players have faith in us, we just don’t act on unconfirmed reports but look for supporting evidence to begin our investigation.

The head of anti-corruption and security at International Cricket Council (ICC) Ronnie Flanagan speaks during a news conference in the Indian city of Mumbai on March 6, 2016. The 27-day ICC T20 Cricket World Cup begins in India from March 8, 2016 and will be played across Bangalore, Chennai, Dharamsala, Kolkata, Mohali, Mumbai, Nagpur and New Delhi. / AFP / PUNIT PARANJPE
The head of anti-corruption and security at International Cricket Council (ICC) Ronnie Flanagan speaks during a news conference in the Indian city of Mumbai on March 6, 2016.
The 27-day ICC T20 Cricket World Cup begins in India from March 8, 2016 and will be played across Bangalore, Chennai, Dharamsala, Kolkata, Mohali, Mumbai, Nagpur and New Delhi. / AFP / PUNIT PARANJPE

He said during the last 12 months we have received 450 intelligence reports and I assure you that something will be done on all these reports and would not remain unattended. Flanagan said we don’t have powers of the police force but we operate with our good relationship with the law enforcing departments of various countries. He said our performance cannot be gauged by watching how many people we bring in for prosecution but to see our operations making cricket much safer to play.

The ICC’s anti corruption unit head further said it’s not our task to legalize betting in India and Pakistan but we do need to take measures against countries where betting is legal. We have developed an understanding with the legitimate betting industry and they report us regarding any unusual spikes in betting events which helps us in our investigation. It is not in our domain to suggest any country for its legislation or to make laws.

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