BCCI President Sourav Ganguly on Sunday said that a bookie had approached a player during the recently concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament which has been reported by the Board’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU).
“Even a player was contacted in Syed Mushtaq, I was told about it but I don’t know his name.” But the offer was made and the player reported it,” Ganguly said in a press conference.
The former captain said that the biggest problem is what the players do after they are offered by the bookie. He said, ‘Offering is not a problem, it is not wrong. What is wrong is what happens after the offer. ‘
Ganguly made the disclosure when asked about the fixing case in the Tamil Nadu Premier League and Karnataka Premier League. Some players like Abhimanyu Mithun, who is former India International is also under investigation for his reported role in Karnataka Premier League.
“There are tournaments in Chennai, Saurashtra and Mumbai. For Saurashtra and Mumbai, there has not been any complaints, but in Chennai there have been couple of complaints, but we will deal with it.” Ganguly was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.
He further said that the board needs to strengthen the anti corruption unit to deal with fixing issues.
“Nobody wants this, it doesn’t help anyone. And we will put a system at the two leagues in which betting and fixing happened, KPL is on hold and Chennai (TNPL) has suspended the two franchises. We have to get anti-corruption system right, try and put the best anti-corruption, try and make it even stronger and assess it. If it doesn’t work or dosen’t stop, we will have to think of something else,” he added.