T10 League 2018 mauled by suspicion of corruption
The shortest of the shorter format of cricket has also been tainted with suspicion of corruption.
Following the first edition of the T10 league, the second T10 league which concluded recently in Dubai, has also been reported for some suspicious movements and approached during the competition. The latest edition, which was won by Northern Warriors, featured eight teams instead of six as was in the first.
It has been learnt that a member of the Bengal Tigers franchise was approached during the second week of the tournament which was played in Sharjah between November 21 and December 2.
Reports of India Today quoted a source saying,
“A person claiming to be a potential sponsor approached the support staff. He soon began to seek direct contact with players with a possible agenda of seeking information. The matter was immediately reported to the Anti-corruption unit who took care of the case.”
Bengal Tigers led by Sam Billings, finished third in the tournament defeating Maratha Arabians by 6 wickets.
Speaking to India Today, the league’s chairman Shaji ul Mulk said the entire ICC ACU has been outsourced and with each team, there is an ICC Anti-Corruption integrity officer; he thus said, “We strive to make this league where corruption can be checked at every step.”
According to General Manager of the ICC’s ACU Alex Marshall, spreading of shorter formats of the game have became a catalyst of doing corrupted activities in cricket.
However, the league organizers are hoping to continue the league in future without any interruption.