The International Cricket Council’s Anti Corruption Unit (ACU) general manager Alex Marshall has revealed that most of the bookies indulging in corrupt practices are Indians.
According to reports, the ICC has been carrying out investigations on deep rooted corruption in Sri Lankan cricket.
Earlier this week, Sri Lankan Sanath Jayasuriya became the first high-profile player from the island nation to be charged for violating ICC’s anti-corruption code. Even though Jayasuriya has not been charged with fixing, he has been found culpable of non co-operation with investigating authorities.
Asked if all active corruptors are local, Marshall said, “In Sri Lanka it was both local and Indian corruptors. In most other parts of the world it is mostly corrupt Indian bookies.”
Marshall’s revelations, even though alarming, is not surprising after Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria on Thursday confessed to spot-fixing, having taken money from an Indian bookmaker.
Reports further suggested that even when the match-fixing scandal first came to fore in 2000, most of the corrupt bookies hanging around the players were believed to be of Indian origin.
Marshall said that ICC is currently monitoring “12-20 active corruptors” while there is suspicion on at least six, who the players should be wary of.