BCCI will also beef up its Anti Corruption Unit

After the BCCI announced the induction of North-East states to mainstream domestic cricket, reports of small-time cricketers trying to buy their way into these new teams have emerged. To stop this practice, BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Unit is keeping a close watch on inter-state player transfers this season.

According to PTI, several Delhi cricketers and from neighboring states are allegedly offering money to secure places in the NE teams which are in need of professionals.

The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai assured the board is monitoring the transfers and will take appropriate action if it comes across any such malpractices.

“The BCCI anti corruption unit has been told to monitor and if they find anything they will report the matter,” Rai said on Monday during a media interaction in New Delhi.

He also announced that the ACU unit, which currently has just three members, will be strengthened. “We have decided to beef up the ACU unit. Each zone will have an ACU officer and we actually are not trying to set up a policing unit but those who can interact with people and gather information.”

Recently, leading English daily The Indian Express had quoted IPL corruption chief investigator BB Misra as claiming that a member of India’s 2011 World Cup winning squad was in contact with a bookie. Rai said he did not find the mention of any such player in BCCI records but has asked the ACU to investigate the matter.

“We checked BCCI records and didn’t find any such thing. Anyway, I have asked the BCCI ACU chief to probe the matter,” he said.