Known corruptors trying to build relations with players amid Covid-19 lockdowns: ICC ACU chief
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Published: April 19, 2020 12:02:50 pm

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The ICC’s Anti-Corruption Unit head Alex Marshall has revealed that “known corrupters” are trying to build relations with cricketers by exploiting their elevated presence on social media due to the coronavirus-forced halt to on-field motion.

No aggressive match has taken place since a Pakistan Super League recreation on March 15 as players globally have been in lockdown enforced to include the unfold of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has killed lakhs worldwide.

“We are seeing known corrupters use this time, when players are on social media more than ever, to connect with them and try to build a relationship that they can exploit at a later date,” Marshall was quoted as saying by ‘The Guardian’.

Marshall insists the lull in cricketing exercise doesn’t essentially imply a drop in fixing approaches.

“Covid-19 may have put a temporary stop on the playing of international and domestic cricket around the world but the corrupters are still active,” Marshall was quoted as saying by ‘The Guardian’.

The novel coronavirus outbreak has put an entire cease on all on-field cricketing exercise and there’s no readability on when issues will normalise.

“We have reached out to our members, players and their wider networks to highlight this issue and ensure they all continue to be aware of the dangers of approaches…,” Marshall mentioned.

The ACU chief’s staff can be conscious that the drop in earnings due to absence of matches might additionally make a few of the much less well-paid players extra susceptible to engaging provides from fixers.

James Pyemont, the England and Wales Cricket Board’s head of integrity, added: “There will at all times be somebody to make one thing out of a disaster and examine it as a possibility.

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“We have to be confident we can withstand that pressure and we’re confident our players will do the right thing. The time is now to show this is a robust system.”

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