BCCI to no longer hire ICC’s Anti-Corruption Services: The Indian board will employ its own corruption unit for IPL 2019.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India has decided to discontinue the services of International Cricket Council’s Anti-Corruption Unit’s services for the 12th season of the Indian Premier League.
In what has come as a major development, it will end a decade-long tie between the IPL and ASCU which was commenced to keep a check on both the players’ off-field and on-field activities.
In a recent interview with The Indian Express, Chairman of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators Vinod Rai both confirmed the news and also named the replacement.
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“We have decided to discontinue ICC ACSU wing from this season onward. We have been hiring ICC’s ACSU services for the past ten years now. Why should we not hire our own people?” Rai was quoted as saying.
“There was no logic”
It is believed that the BCCI had to pay INR 3.1 crore every year to hire services from the ICC. Rai cited financial concern as a primary reason behind discontinuing the deal with the ICC’s ASCU.
“There was no logic, because we are paying 10 per cent [to India ACU officer] of what we are paying to them [ICC ACSU]. Why should we not hire our own people, why should we hire other people?” he added.
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A few days ago, BCCI had announced that the fixtures for IPL 2019 will be released in parts. With the first part of the schedule being released the same day, it has come as a respite for the plentiful stakeholders and fans of the cash-rich league.
Slated to begin on March 23, the first match of IPL 2019 will be played between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore at Chennai.