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BCCI’s hawk-eye view on fixing

BCCI’s hawk-eye view on fixing
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The BCCI Working Committee Meeting on 1 September took many interesting decisions. None more interesting that the decision to invite the West Indies...

Kolkata (Agencies): The BCCI Working Committee Meeting on 1 September took many interesting decisions. None more interesting that the decision to invite the West Indies for a home series in November 2013. Jagmohan Dalmiya was in the Chair and his suggestions to curb fixing of any kind during the CLT20 were approved, and some of the important suggestions are as follows:

An Anti-Corruption official along with a dedicated security official would be appointed for each team. Now, this makes sense. A lot of it. In fact, the ICC should follow suit and make sure that every international team has a dedicated Anti-Corruption official at all times. But the BCCI has only suggested this for CLT20. Pray why? Does fixing not happen in international cricket?
The movement around the dugout and match officials area would be restricted and a strict code of conduct would be enforced.
This is just lip service. The movement around the dugout and match officials area was already restricted. Not just anyone could waltz through all that security and speak to players and officials. If this is only about keeping ‘enthusiastic’ owners out, then it might work.
The Players/Support Staff/Match officials shall not accept any gifts during the course of the tournament. They should disclose the value of the Gifts that they have received 15 days prior to the commencement of the tournament and also the person from whom they received the gift.
So is it okay if they receive a gift 16 days prior to a tournament? 15 days before and after a tournament, the players are still on contract. They can be controlled. And if someone really wanted to work out a fix, it can easily be done even before the BCCI deadline. What’s to stop them then?
The players and support-staff will have to declare and disclose the mobile nos being used by them and all calls coming through the hotel exchange will have to be cleared by the team manager. Mobile numbers? How will that help? There are so many ways to contact players — it could be done through email or cypher or any method of their choosing. Mobiles make it easy but then again, the bookies could also call a relative or a friend. Will the BCCI track their numbers too? Will they track the numbers at all? What will they do with the numbers? Monitor them? Too many questions and few logical answers.
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