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BCCI, Maharashtra government to come together to counter corruption

Shashank Manohar-led Board of Control for Cricket in  India (BCCI) has requested the Maharashtra government to come up with a sports integrity Intelligence Gathering Unit (IGU) that will see the board and the Maharashtra Police come together to tackle corruption in Indian cricket. This will be the board’s first-ever tie up with a security agency… Continue reading BCCI, Maharashtra government to come together to counter corruption

BCCI has offered to part-fund the security agency © IANS
BCCI has offered to part-fund the security agency © IANS

Shashank Manohar-led Board of Control for Cricket in  India (BCCI) has requested the Maharashtra government to come up with a sports integrity Intelligence Gathering Unit (IGU) that will see the board and the Maharashtra Police come together to tackle corruption in Indian cricket. This will be the board’s first-ever tie up with a security agency of a state to curb corruption. Also, the set up of IGU will be organized out of Mumbai. And this step of BCCI might inspire the ICC to adopt similar measures with Manohar having recently taken over as its chairman. READ: Shashank Manohar has hit out at bullying by ‘big 3’

According to ESPNCricinfo, Manohar submitted a request to Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis following their meeting last week to discuss the issue, which received a positive response from Fadnavis. The BCCI offered to part-fund the creation and administration of the IGU, which is expected to go underway in the next two months. The IGU will work in coordination with the BCCI, and share information it collects on cases pertaining to corruption with security agencies of other states to facilitate preventive steps.

“The ICC and BCCI are educating the players at every level [about corruption. There is one difficulty in that the ACSU does not have the investigative powers which are with the police authorities. That’s the reason we have to take the help of the investigative agency to curb this menace,” Manohar said. READ: ICC set to give seven cricket boards USD 10 million each in a span of 8 years

“I have approached the state (Maharashtra) government, not the central government. The Mumbai Police has all the powers. What we want basically is intelligence input from the government. If the investigating agency shares information with the board, that would solve most of our problems,” he added.

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