Over a month ago, a player from Rajasthan Royals was approached inappropriately by a player (who was not part of the IPL) in connection with the Indian Premier League 2015 matches.
Maintaining high standards of integrity, the player informed the Rajasthan Royals management of this inappropriate approach. In keeping with applicable IPL Regulations, Rajasthan Royals management immediately reported the incident to the Anti-Corruption & Security Unit (ACSU) of the BCCI.
Rajasthan Royals commends the player for having reported this incident immediately and for his honesty and uprightness. His dedication to maintain the highest standards of integrity needs to be lauded.
Rajasthan Royals in keeping with its zero tolerance approach immediately reported the incident further to the ACSU/BCCI for further process. Rajasthan Royals will continue to provide full support and assistance to the BCCI to ensure that the game of cricket is played in the right spirit. This incident does highlight that if players and other officials cooperate and disclose information or approaches immediately, the game can be kept clean and free from undesirable elements and activities.
Confirming the incident, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur said the player’s action showed that the Board’s efforts to educate players over perils of spot-fixing are paying off. (Rahul Dravid calls for stricter laws to curb fixing)
“A player was approached and he immediately intimated @BCCI anti corruption unit. Glad that BCCI education policy showing positive results” Thakur tweeted.
His post added: “Players are alert & they know what is to be done due to our regular education efforts.”
Though Thakur did not reveal the identity of the player, Rajasthan Royals has five cricketers from Mumbai — Ajinkya Rahane, Pravin Tambe, Dinesh Salunkhe, Dhawal Kulkarni and Abhishek Nayar.
According to a report, a Mumbai-based Rajasthan Royals player was approached by his Ranji teammate with an offer of money if he followed a pre-decided pattern of play.
Initially dismissing it as a joke, the player declined the offer and reported the incident to the BCCI’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU).