Sunil Gavaskar, the interim president of BCCI-IPL, disclosed on Thursday that two cricketers were approached by the bookies during this edition of the IPL and that the matter has been reported to the Anti-Corruption and Security Unit officials.
In a media interaction, the former India captain, answering to a pointed question, said, “There have been a couple (of instances of bookies approaching players) and it's been reported to the ACU. They are looking into it.”
The opening great also felt that leaking of Chennai Super Kings’ New Zealand player Brendon McCullum’s disclosure of being approached to fix matches was a matter of concern. “I can assure you that the leak did not come from the IPL,” he pointed out.
“I don’t know where it came from but it’s an issue to be concerned. I’ve to say we have got an Integrity Officer (IO) attached with every team this time. It has made it a lot easier for players to communicate,” Gavaskar remarked.
The legendary batsman also threw light on players’ dilemma. “Sometimes players don’t know what to do. Okay, there was a number to contact, but a lot of people (players) were thinking if you contact, does your number come under their list. The anonymity and confidentiality aspect was something the players were not sure about. Now with the IO attached to every team it has become a lot easier. If there has been an approach, people go and tell the officer so that he takes it forward.”
Gavaskar also elaborated on efforts from BCCI to help young cricketers to handle their careers.