ICC Opens Anti-Corruption Investigations Into Qatar T10 League

Of late, the franchise cricket tournaments have been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. After Karnataka Premier League was involved in the match-fixing scam, the International Cricket Council asked the anti-corruption bureau to start investigations on the recently-concluded Qatar T10 League.

The International Cricket Council has confirmed that there are investigations going on in the Qatar T10 League after the “interception of several known corruptors” in the league. It also confirmed that they were able to “disrupt corrupt activities” planned in the league.

The tournament, which concluded on December 16 had international players from South Africa, India and Pakistan in participation. The ICC, which had sanctioned the tournament revealed that they were forced to investigate more after the tournament was underway.

Credits – Twitter

We have intercepted the corruptors – ICC

The ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit was working with the organisers to monitor the league since its inception. The inaugural edition of the Qatar T10 League, 10-over format tournament organised by the Qatar Cricket Association was held from December 7 to 16 this year.

“The ICC sanctioned this event 12 months ago based on the sound information provided by the organisers,” ICC’s Integrity Unit General Manager Alex Marshall said in a statement issued Tuesday night.


“However, substantial changes to both team ownership and the organisers just days before the event getting underway rang alarm bells for us, and we applied additional investigative resource on the ground to address our concerns.

“As a result, we have intercepted a number of known corruptors both in Qatar and globally and disrupted planned corrupt activity at the event. This has given rise to a number of new investigations for the ICC ACU team as we continue in our efforts to ensure cricket is a corruption-free sport,” he added.

Read More – IPL under scanner after KPL scam

The T10 league witnessed six teams comprising 24 international cricketers, 12 players from associate ICC countries, Qatar national cricket team players and other local players. Falcon Hunters won the tournament by beating Swift Gallopers by four wickets. It would be interesting to see whether the Anti-Corruption unit will find any wrong-doing of the players or a team.



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