|| CF Correspondent ||
A corrupt approach has been made to a player in the Indian Premier League, BCCI's ACU chief Ajit Singh has confirmed to Press Trust of India.
It is understood the approach wasn't made in person with teams staying in a bio-bubble while the identity of the player and the team hasn't been revealed
"Yes (a player has reported approach)," Ajit Singh, the former DGP of Rajasthan Police, said. "We are tracking him (the person who made the approach). It will take some time."
With teams staying in a bio-secure bubble, ACU has conducted several virtual counselling sessions to educate players and the support staff about corrupt approaches. Ahead of the tournament, BCCI also brought on board Sportradar, a leading supplier of sports integrity solutions and data products, to work alongside the ACU in monitoring and safeguarding the integrity of the tournament.
"The company's Fraud Detecting System (FDS) monitors odds in the markets of over 600 bookmakers and these bookmakers are of different kinds, from different countries, different regions, including the so-called grey market or the illegal operators," Tom Mace, who heads Sportradar's global operations, had revealed earlier.
The FDS is set up to track changes in these odds and the system generates alerts when there is potentially suspicious and unusual movement in the market, which is flagged, and then the analysts take over. The FDS personnel conducted their first online session with the IPL players in UAE on September 15 and followed it up with other sessions as well.
It is for the first time that the BCCI has taken a step forward in looking at ways to curb the bookie-menace outside of its own existing ecosystem. Until now, the board was dependent on its ACU team that would work with local police intelligence and force to track illegal betting across the country.