The threat of online corrupt approaches does not cause much worry to BCCI head of Anti Corruption Unit (ACU) Ajit Singh. He says Indian players are well aware and quick to report anything suspicious.
The ICC ACU head Alex Marshall, in an interview to ‘The Guardian’, said that prolonged lockdown ,players using various social media platform could lead to corrupt approaches being made and people need to tread carefully.
Ajit said BCCI ACU is in control. “…we have made our players aware about the way people approach you and modus operandi through social media. We have told them ‘look this is how they (potential fixers and bookies) would approach you‘,” he told PTI in an interaction.
“(They will) try and behave like a fan and then try to meet you through someone who may be your acquaintance,” he added.
“Somehow these elements try and touch base with players. Most of them (India players), whenever it happens, they do report to us that I have got a contact.”
Most of the top players have millions of followers. They have been active online with Q and A sessions on twitter, interactive chats on Instagram and Facebook Live.
Is the BCCI ACU team tracking online content ?
“Whatever can be tracked online, we do that. But obviously the physical verification part of going out and checking locations is out of question in times of a lockdown,” he spoke about practical problems.
“But if something comes to our notice, it automatically goes into our database and once lockdown is over, we will verify those if the need arises.”
The easiest aspect of tracking social media content, however, is that it doesn’t require too much manpower, Singh said.
“A few men who know their jobs can do it pretty well,” the former DGP of Rajasthan said.
But Singh says that, in his two year stint, all current India players have been honest and upright. They are also very aware about their responsibilities.
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