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4 International team captains approached by Bookies
With match-fixing becoming a lot more prominent in recent times, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has come out with a report stating that four international captains have reported the approaches from bookies during the 2017-18 cricketing season. With Al Jazeera going ahead and releasing a documentary on the sting operation, there has been a larger crackdown on fixers, punters, and bookies.A report from the ICC read that the four international captains had come forward in this regard. “There has been a pleasing increase in the number of players having the confidence to approach the ACU with reports of suspicious activity. Four international captains reported approaches during 2017-18 and every avenue was explored,” said the ICC in the report.

The report further stated that people outside the game had made five disruptions and subsequent investigations were on their way. ”There were five disruptions — where individuals who are not directly involved in cricket have their corrupt activities disrupted — and 13 investigations remained ongoing as at May 31, 2018. Two of the investigations were media stings, one investigation exonerated a groundsman and several players whilst the other is ongoing,” the report revealed.

‘T20 Leagues to Blame’

In recent times, there have been a plethora of T20 Leagues with almost every country having a flagship T20 League. However, the ICC reports that most of these global leagues have been organized with the purposes of curroption.“These leagues range from well managed – in anti-corruption terms – global events through to those organized entirely for the purposes of corruption. The most obvious example of the latter is the Ajman All Stars event which took place in the UAE in early 2018,” the report indicated.

“Going forward, it is intended to set minimum standards in anti-corruption to cover all the new T20 leagues across the world because it is not possible to police every one of those matches in person,” stated the report further.