With spot-fixing under the scanner in India, the cricket Board is showing video clips of the scandal involving young Pakistan pacer Mohammad Aamer to educate its under-19 and under-25 players against falling prey to corrupt practices.
The Board is educating the U-25 boys at their off-season National Cricket Academy camp in Mysore. The programme designed by the Anti-Corruption and Security Unit includes video clips from the infamous Lord's Test of 2010. Pakistan pace trio Aamer, Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif were found guilty of spot-fixing in that match and were banned by the International Cricket Council and subsequently sentenced to jail.
“We were told how Aamer committed the crime and how he was lured into committing the deed,” said a player who attended the lecture. “The ASCU official spoke about how these cricketers were approached by certain individuals and how one needs to avoid such people.”
According to a top BCCI official, with the players being groomed for senior cricket, the board wants to educate them at the junior level itself. Aamer was just 18 years old when he was caught in the fixing scandal.
This is not the first time the BCCI has used a Pakistan player as example. During the domestic T20 league in 2012, players were shown an awareness video made by the ICC in which Aamer talks about the ills of fixing. However, it failed to make an impact as the arrest of the three Rajasthan Royals players on spot-fixing charges shows.
The ACSU programme will also be implemented at the senior domestic level soon.