The recent match-fixing allegations in the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) have left a black spot on the gentlemen’s game. The current situation says that cricketers must be wary of every individual around them. But BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) chief Ajit Singh feels that the bookies would never waste time by approaching top cricketers like MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli.
Recent reports have rocked the Indian cricket with speculations that top international cricketers and a Ranji Trophy coach are included in the match-fixing scandals in the report. Soon after that reports emerged that a women cricketer has approached BCCI informing that a bookie has contacted her.
The last two days have been difficult for Indian cricket as BCCI-approved leagues have come under the scanner. ACU chief while speaking to IANS has revealed that it is the young and unsuccessful cricketers who get driven by the bookies or fixers. He also said that more than gains much more is at stake if one gets into all these.
“If you ask me, today in cricket, a star has much more to lose than gain if he gets involved in this. Imagine a Virat Kohli or Dhoni getting into this. Things don’t just move by money, it is also the reputation that counts. They can’t sacrifice their reputation for such things. They are far bigger than all this,” Ajit Singh said.
The ACU chief says that the fact that they are moving outside India shows that the BCCI has been successful in their attempt to stop corruption in the game. Apart from legalizing betting, corruption in sports needs to be made a criminal offence as per the ACU chief to curb down match-fixing.
“Right now, corruption in sports is not such a big offence in India. Things will change if that is changed because it will give the police a clear cut law to rope them in. Some interpretation of the existing law needs to be put into effect in a way that it covers the area. If it is based on interpretation then everyone has their own interpretations,” Ajit Singh concluded.