The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday swung into action, taking cognizance of possibility of corruption through approaches made by fans engaging in fantasy cricket leagues.
The ICC claimed to have received reports from international cricketers about fans trying to contact them directly on social media to source team information.
The ICC Anti-Corruption Unit Chairman, Sir Ronnie Flanagan, in a video message released by the world cricket’s governing body urged the fantasy league gamers from refraining to contact players.
“We are increasingly receiving messages from players that the fans who engage in fantasy cricket leagues are trying to get in contact with them directly through social media, most particularly through Twitter and asking them if they are playing on a particular day or who will be playing and whom might not be playing,” Flanagan said.
“We do not in any sense want to discourage you from fantasy leagues, but if they (players) were to give you the information, they would be in breach of their own code of conduct. They would be giving you what we call ‘inside information’.
“While you may continue to engage in fantasy leagues, please do not waste your time and the players’ time by trying to contact them to obtain information as they would not be doing so,” he added.
A players’ presence in the playing XI for a match can help the fanatasy league gamer to prepare his playing XI accurately. A good performance by his chosen player is a like a cherry on the cake.