Match fixing affects the game in the worst way possible, corrupting players and forcing the fans to question every stray incident on the field.
It brings down the integrity of the players, our heroes and of the game that we have grown up loving and living.
An IPS officer wants to protect the sanctity of the game and wants BCCI to ensure that measures to prevent match fixing are in place before the commencement of IPL 2018.
He has approached the Madras HC and has filed a PIL and he is likely to be heard by the first bench of Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice A Selvam today.
In 2013, it was G Sampathkumar who exposed the spot fixing/match fixing scandal and feels that conflict of interest still exists in the IPL.
“Contrary to the Lodha Committee report, vested interests still continue to be protected in the IPL and the questions of conflict of interest remain unaddressed by the BCCI,” Sampathkumar said.
BCCI apparently does not have any checks and balances in place to track bookies, nor does it have a database of repeat offenders.
“The BCCI also do not have a preventive action or measure against a person committing the offence of sporting fraud in relation to a sport event like the IPL, where he directly manipulates or wilfully fails to perform to his true potential for economic or any other advantage,” he said.
Sampathkumar has emphasised on the fact that measures in order to curb match fixing need to be put in place before the start of the cash rich league begins.
IPL 2018 is slated to begin on the 7th of April with Mumbai Indians taking on Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede stadium.