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IPL: Sunil Gavaskar says two players were approached by bookies

Thursday, 22 May 2014 - 6:46pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA Webdesk

Interim BCCI President Sunil Gavaskar has confirmed that two players have been approached by bookies during this year's IPL. 

Gavaskar said that the approach has been reported to the ICC's Anti Corruption Unit (ACU), which was looking into the matter.

Gavaskar was asked if players had been approached this IPL season and he replied in the affirmative.

He also dismissed the issue of Chennai Super Kings player Brendon McCullum being approached, saying that the 'leak did not come from the IPL', though he expressed concern over the matter.

"I can assure you that the leak did not come from the IPL. I don't know where it came from. It's an issue to be concerned about. I've to say we have got an integrity officer attached with every team this time. It has made it a lot easier for players to communicate", he said.

Gavaskar said that having an Integrity Officer (IO) solves the issue of anonymity and confidentiality of players. The players can merely report bookie approach to the IO who then takes it forward. Earlier, players had a number given to them, but they feared using it because of the possibility of their name being exposed.

The legendary batsman also said he is trying to get icons like Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble on board to guide youngsters. Gavaskar stated that the four ex-players could contribute towards helping young players cope with the fame and money associated with modern-day cricket, especially IPL.

Last year, three Rajasthan Royals players - S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan - were banned following revelations that they had been offered money for "spot fixing".

 


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