Even as the International Cricket Council (ICC) is preparing for an overhaul of its Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ASCU), a new controversy broke out on Tuesday. A news channel in Bangladesh, which hosted the World Twenty20 recently, claimed to have found out reported links between an Indian bookie Atanu Dutta and ASCU top officer Dharamveer Singh Yadav. It has released the tapes of the conversation between the two during the tournament.
Based on the audio surveillance records, Dutta was arrested in April following which he gave information surrounding match-fixing, claimed the channel.
It also said that Dutta was arrested by police in Dhaka but was released after Yadav reportedly told the officials that he was his informer. Yadav, however, has refused to comment on the issue.
The ICC declined to comment on the issue. However, sources in the ICC said that Dutta was Yadav's informer.
"This happened during the World T20 (March-April 2014) in Bangladesh. He was spotted at various places during the event, but he is one of the informers of Dharamveer," said the source.
"He was picked up mistakenly by the police during the tournament and Dharamveer helped him," he added.
The source said that Dutta has been helping ACSU with information. "Dharamveer was just protecting his source and not promoting anyone. He would not have assisted him if he was a bookie. Dutta was providing information and helping ACSU," said the source.