The IPL has entered its final week in the United Arab Emirates and the tournament so far has been controversy-free. Still, betting syndicates remain a major concern for the organisers and the Board's Anti Corruption Security Unit (ACSU).
It is learnt that a couple of players have reported suspicious approaches by some people trying to befriend them. One of them is said to be Kolkata Knight Riders' South Africa fast bowler, Morne Morkel. An ACSU official told HT on condition of anonymity,
"We can not reveal the nature of the complaint received from the players, but we really appreciate the feedback and the communication channel has helped us keep a vigil on those elements trying to get close to the players."
In the lead up to the tournament, the IPL core committee members met local government officials and sought co-operation in dealing with betting syndicates in the UAE. And the local government has taken the drastic step of keeping bookies away from the UAE during the IPL first phase.
"We had shared the entire database of bookies, both in India and in the UAE, with the local government, especially the sports ministry here.
"Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the sports, culture and youth affairs minister, in particular has shared that information with the immigration officials. So, all those on the watch-list are denied entry at the port of arrival," said one top BCCI official.
However, the two players reporting to the ACSU officials has put IPL on a more vigilant mode.