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IPL puts cap of Rs 30,000 put on gifts to players

cricket Updated: Feb 01, 2014 12:51 IST
Sai Prasad Mohapatra
Sai Prasad Mohapatra
Hindustan Times
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With an eye to revamp the mechanism to fight spot-fixing, the BCCI, in conjunction with its Anti-Corruption Unit, has drafted a strict protocol for players for the seventh edition of IPL where they have to disclose all contact details, intimate the franchise and the board of any gifts received and made it mandatory for players to attend the pre-tournament anti-corruption briefing.

This is irrespective of what the committee headed by Justice Mukul Mudgal will have in its report to the Supreme Court the deadline for which is February 10. The committee is investigating the roles of some officials — Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals — allegedly involved in the betting scandal in the last edition of the IPL.

According to the protocol, a copy of which is with HT, players have been asked to disclose in writing to BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Unit their contact details including all email addresses and cellphone numbers, local and international to be used by them 30 days before and after the IPL, the CLT20 and any friendly matches played by the franchise. Changes in any of these details will also have to be notified, failing which will result in the player getting debarred.

Players have also been asked to declare gifts in cash, products or services received or promised by anyone in connection with his participation or performance in the matches. The cap for valuation of declarable gifts has been set at Rs 30,000. Obviously, the step is to deter someone like Ajit Chandila and his trove of designer jeans: Diesel and True Religion. A showering of such gifts to players is often passed off as adulation of a fan, but not anymore.

Following the attending of pre-season anti-corruption briefing, each player will now have to sign an undertaking saying he attended and understood the briefing.

Every player will also have an agreement with the franchise whereby they will not disclose anything on the franchisee’s operations, financial and business information including the team combination and strategy.

A top official privy to ACU's protocol said: "We have put up a robust infrastructure this time around, a far more significant vigilant mechanism as compared to last year. But the whole emphasis is on sensitizing players — explaining to them the broad outline, consequences through a competence efficiency test. This competence efficiency test is based on a player’s educational, social and language background so that nobody complains about incomprehension later."

“Also, we wish to continue to attach and embed an integrity officer with every franchise keeping an eye on the team all the time, something that we tried during the last Champions League in India," the official said.

Excerpts from the anti-corruption protocol

Players have to disclose to BCCI’s Anti-corruption Unit his contact details including all email addresses and cellphone numbers (international and local) to be used 30 days before and after the IPL, CLT20 and any friendly played by the franchise and notify of any changes

Attend the pre-season anti-corruption briefing and sign an acknowledgement saying he attended and understood the briefing

Disclose in writing to the franchisee and BCCI any gifts (cash, products or services) received by or promised in connection with the player’s participation or performance in the league. There is a valuation cap of Rs 30,000. Gifts valued above will have to be disclosed

A player cannot give out information on the franchise’s operations, finance and business as well as the team combination or strategy