With barely 24 hours for the IPL 7 to kick off, the league administrators held a meeting with all captains and coaches in Abu Dhabi before a gala dinner to sensitise the teams about corruption in the game.
The message sent across by the Anti-Corruption and Security Unit was that the captain and coach will be responsible for the conduct of their team.
A source involved in the idea to hold the meeting said: “It’s important the captain reaches out to all his players, most importantly Indian players who speak the same language and have a similar cultural understanding, in making them aware of the menace of corruption in cricket and its consequences. Similarly, we want the coaches to explain it to the foreign players.”
It is also learnt that the ACSU said a greater responsibility to maintain the image of the game is in the hands of the captain and coach.
After the spot-fixing scandal that marred the previous edition, the IPL can ill-afford a repeat this time.