No report was ever prepared by the International Cricket Council (ICC) suggesting that 29 cricketers who took part in the second edition of the Indian Premier League played in South Africa in April 2009 could be involved in spot fixing, Hindustan Times’s enquiries have revealed.
The cricketing world was jolted again on Sunday when the London-based Sunday Times made this allegation, claiming the ICC’s Anti Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) had produced such a dossier.
“It is true that Lord Condon, then chief of the ACSU, addressed the ICC Board on the threat of corruption that existed,” a top source told Hindustan Times. “At the time the IPL was in the limelight, so he did mention that he had heard accusations of irregularities, but at no stage was any report prepared.”
“We were worried about IPL 1 and IPL 2, not because we think there were huge fixes, but because there was no infrastructure to prevent it,” Condon said at Lord’s in May this year.
“That doesn’t mean to say that the matches were fixed in the Indian Premier League 1 and 2, but nor can I, hand on heart, give it a clean bill of health. I just don’t know,” Condon added.
In any case, the ACSU was not involved with IPLs 1 and 2 in any way.
The ICC had offered the services of the ACSU, but IPL administrators felt that the $1.2 million (Rs 5.5crore) fee this would have entailed was too high, and organised their own private policing.
Since the IPL is officially classified as an Indian domestic tournament, the BCCI is under no compulsion to use the services of the ACSU.
However, taking into consideration the fact that close to 80 international players were involved, and that huge sums of money rode on the tournament, the BCCI did finally avail the services of the ACSU in the third edition of the Indian Premier League.