India turned out to be the hub of the Cricket Match Fixing Mafia, reveals latest investigations of ICC Anti Corruption Unit
Most of the fixing cases, which the International Cricket Council (ICC) is currently investigating, are reportedly linked with corruptors in India.
Instead of targeting big events, like the Indian Premier League, these corrupt elements now have their eyes set on state leagues as well as lesser known live competitions.
“We have 50 investigations that we are undertaking and majority have links to corruptors in India,” Steve Richardson, coordinator of investigations, International Cricket Council (ICC) Anti-Corruption Unite (ACU) was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.
“Of late, no high-profile Indian cricketer may have come under the lens, but the player-bookie nexus goes unabated. Players are the final link in the chain. Problem is with people who organise corruption, who pay the players; who sit outside the sport.
I can deliver eight names to Indian governing agencies who are serial offenders and constantly approach the players,” he added.
ACU officials also stressed on the importance of making match-fixing a criminal offence in India.
“Sri Lanka was the first nation that brought a match-fixing law. For that reason, Sri Lanka cricket is better protected now. In Australia’s case, we are very proactive. At the moment, with no legislation in place in India, they are operating with one hand tied up,” said Richardson.