Match-fixing at the T20 World Cup? A player approached mysteriously, ICC does this

The player was approached during matches in the championship phase in Guyana.©AFP

The specter of corruption in cricket continues to challenge the game's administrators, but a potential approach by a former Kenya international to a Ugandan player during the ongoing T20 World Cup was dealt with swiftly by the unit's detectives anti-corruption of the ICC. PTI has learned that the incident took place during the league matches in Guyana, where a former Kenyan coach attempted to contact a Ugandan team member several times from different numbers. In line with ICC's strict anti-corruption protocol, the Ugandan player reported this approach to ACU officials on site.

The development prompted officials to raise the red flag against the former Kenyan player by informing all associated teams about him.

“It is not surprising that this person targeted a Ugandan national team player. Associated nations, compared to big teams, are easy targets for corruption, but in this case the player who was approached has done the needful by informing the ICC at the earliest,” a source told PTI.

Failure to report a corrupt approach constitutes a breach of the ICC anti-corruption code. Other offenses include match-fixing, gambling, misuse of inside information and failure to cooperate with an investigation.

Uganda ended their T20 World Cup campaign with a memorable victory over Papua New Guinea and defeats against Afghanistan, New Zealand and the West Indies in Trinidad on Friday. Uganda, entering the competition for the first time alongside Canada and co-hosts the United States, has played three of its four championship matches in Guyana.

“Players are approached all the time, especially from smaller nations. At bigger events like the T20 World Cup, there is more scrutiny and if an approach is passed to the ICC ACU, then the protocol in force is followed and an appropriate investigation is carried out.” another source said.

With effect from June 1, the ICC amended its anti-corruption code to enable the governing body and its member boards to “conduct proactive and thorough investigations into incidents of corruption as part of ongoing efforts aimed at protecting the integrity of the game. “The Anti-Corruption Code covers all cricket (whether international or domestic) played under the auspices of the ICC and its members and applies to all participants: player, coach, trainer, manager, selector, team owner or official, doctor, physiotherapist, match referee, groundskeeper, player agent, umpires, as well as ICC and NCF officials.

Participants are bound by the Code for 2 years after their last participation in any form of official cricket.

“The maximum possible sanction for the most serious violations of the Anti-Corruption Code is a lifetime ban from any participation in the game. In some countries there is also the possibility of criminal sanctions,” reads an extract from the ICC anti-corruption code. for the participants.

All international actors are regularly informed of a potential threat and are familiar with the anti-corruption code.

Corrupt approaches to important events are not new.

During the 2011 ODI World Cup in India, Canadian wicketkeeper Hamza Tariq, then aged 20, was approached by alleged bookmakers. He duly reported the matter to the authorities.

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