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BCCI not amused by social media tools, feels they help match-fixing

At a time when the International Cricket Council (ICC) is empowering its anti-corruption unit (ACU) by monitoring suspected players’ Whatsapp and Snapchat details, the BCCI has declared that these social media platforms are a deterrent to countering match-fixing.

cricket Updated: Nov 19, 2016 21:05 IST
HT Correspondent
The BCCI has declared that social media platforms such as Whatsapp and Snapchat are deterrent to countering match-fixing.
The BCCI has declared that social media platforms such as Whatsapp and Snapchat are deterrent to countering match-fixing.(PTI)

At a time when the International Cricket Council (ICC) is empowering its anti-corruption unit (ACU) by monitoring suspected players’ Whatsapp and Snapchat details, the BCCI has declared that these social media platforms are a deterrent to countering match-fixing.

The anti-corruption and security unit (ACSU) of the BCCI has alerted its anti-corruption liaison officers (ACLO) on the new mobile communication tools in its guidelines for the 2016-2017 domestic season.

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The guidelines read: “The minimum standards seek to combat advancing mobile communication technology and increasing sophistication in the methods by which betting takes place on cricket matches. Restricting to the greatest extent possible all methods of communication between participants from the moment they first enter the PMOA (players and match official area) on the day of the match right through until the formal conclusion of the match.”

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In April, WhatsApp published an update which enables end-to-end encryption by default. It means that texts, videos, photos can’t be accessed by cyber criminals nor law-enforcement agencies. Even WhatsApp can’t access the conversations, which include calls and group chats.

The BCCI and ICC did not comment on the latest developments.

The BCCI has instructed its ACLOs to ensure that landline phones are not installed in the PMOA.

HT has learnt that some state associations have provided vaults in the dressing room to let players keep their phones and other electronic gadgets.

According to guidelines, ACLOs will have to ensure that catering staff do not carry/use phones inside the PMOA.

Recently, the ICC’s ACU emphasised the need to access and monitor players’ communication but it needs the ICC board’s nod.

“As the world changes and as people use different means of communication like Whatsapp, Snapchat, we have to keep ahead of these things,” Ronnie Flanagan, ACU head, said in London on Tuesday.

The ICC has taken steps to check corruption at all levels but bookies still manage to access players. Cricket South Africa recently charged former Test player Alviro Petersen with contriving to fix domestic Twenty20 matches last year and banned him from all cricket activities.