Team India would look to make amends11 March 2020 / SkyBook365 Cricket Editors Team
Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneswar Kumar will make a comeback in the team.
At a time when cricketing fraternity is witnessing a lot of match-fixing scandals, another case has emerged where an Indian is involved in the act. Tamil Nadu Premier League and Karnataka Premier League are already suffering from the wrath of match-fixing scandals. Furthermore, an Indian owner of a Caribbean Premier League (CPL) team has come under the radar of the Anti-Corruption Unit scanner. The news has come shortly after top domestic players playing in the Karnataka Premier League– CM Gautam and Abrar Kazi were arrested in the scandal. According to a report in Bangalore Mirror, the owner who hails from South India was abruptly sent back from the tournament when an incident of approach was reported to the Anti-Corruption Unit in the initial stages of the tournament. The report also revealed that a player from Pakistan was approached by the owner. However, the player followed the protocol and reported the matter to the Anti-Corruption Unit.
It is unclear how influential or senior the individual in question is, or whether he has a stake in the ownership of the franchise, but he did present himself to the player as part of the ownership group. "Any such incident which is reported to the CPL [officials] is taken very seriously and investigated thoroughly," a CPL spokesperson said. "Our policy is that we do not comment on anti-corruption related matters or incidents. We are firmly committed to making sure the tournament's integrity is protected. We are very confident that our anti-corruption team, in conjunction with the ICC colleagues, make sure this remains the case." Incidentally, the ICC ACU, which had been providing anti-corruption cover every year from the first season of the CPL, was not appointed this time around. The CPL initially said there was just one officer for both the legs of the tournament this season. However immediately after this article was published the spokesperson rectified that number to five. "There were two staff per leg and someone overseeing the efforts so there were 5 in total," a CPL spokesperson said.
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