ICC warns of possible corrupt offer from former Kenyan cricketer…

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Bridgetown: Corruption in cricket continues to be a major headache for the game’s administrators but a case of a possible corrupt approach made by a former Kenyan cricketer to a Ugandan player during the T20 World Cup here was dealt with promptly by the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU).

PTI has learnt that the incident took place during the league stage matches in Guyana where the former Kenyan fast bowler repeatedly tried to contact a member of the Ugandan team from different numbers.

The Ugandan player followed the ICC’s anti-corruption protocol and informed the ACU officials present there. The officials took immediate action on this and asked all the associate teams to be cautious of this former Kenyan player.

“It is not surprising that the person targeted a player from the Ugandan national team. Smaller countries are easier targets than bigger teams but in this case the player did a good job by informing the ICC as soon as possible,” a source told PTI.

Not reporting a corrupt offer is an offence under the ICC’s Anti-Corruption Code. Other offences include match fixing, sports betting, misuse of inside information and failure to co-operate in investigations.

Uganda started its campaign in the T20 World Cup with a win over Papua New Guinea but then suffered defeats against Afghanistan, New Zealand and West Indies. It played three of its four matches in Guyana.

Another source said, “Players, especially cricketers from smaller countries, are approached all the time. In big competitions like the T20 World Cup, more vigilance is exercised and if any offer is reported to the ICC ACU, then proper investigation is done as per protocol.”

This is not the first incident of corrupt offers being made in major tournaments. During the 2011 ODI World Cup played in India, alleged bookies had approached Canadian wicketkeeper Hamza Tariq, who immediately reported the matter to the authorities.

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