There is a big upset coming up for the ICC. Off-late, Bangladesh has directly accused the anti-corruption investigators from International Cricket Council(ICC) for allowing a match in Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) to proceed on even by knowing from beforehand that the entire match was fixed. This incident, if proven, will indeed be one of the darkest news for the entire cricket world.
Based on the statements of a report from a special tribunal set up by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), a statement has been made claiming that ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit(ACSU) was aware from beforehand that a match in BPL, the popular domestic league of Bangladesh and also a tournament stained by scandals, was going to be fixed but ACSU kept the organisers in the dark.
The report stated the following, “The evidence is clear that the fixed match between Dhaka Gladiators and Chittagong Kings played in Chittagong on the 2 February 2013 was played with the consent of ACSU.” Now this statement might bring a major and equally severe impact to the entire world of cricket if it is being proven. It will be harshest to the spirit of the game and might as well affect the popularity of the game.
In addition to the statement mentioned above, the tribunal also stated that “It is obvious that the focus of ACSU was on gathering evidence and not on prevention of (the) fixed match.”
A copy of the report has been obtained by AFP and was handed to ICC on the 8th June. The tribunal was supervised and directed by a retired judge of Bangladesh and the tribunal was formed by BCB in the last September after ICC brought charges against nine players over fixing.
To mention a fact, the organisers of BPL had hired the investigators from ICC to monitor the corruption related factors surrounding BPL after the inaugural edition of BPL in 2012 was severely stained by similar allegations.
In the report, the tribunal has subsequently convicted one of the owners of a team in BPL, Dhaka Gladiators, for match-fixing involvements actively. Three international players have also been pleaded guilty over the scandal in 2013 season of BPL.
One of the former Kiwi batsmen, Lou Vincent was pleaded guilty to violating the ICC’s code of conduct and for failing to make statements about when a bookmaker approached him to fix a match in BPL.
The report even pointed that the coach of Dhaka Gladiators, Ian Pont alerted ACSU about the fact that he had been approached by one of the team owners to fix a match which was held on February 2, 2013. But ACSU did not take any immediate step and even instructed to go ahead and play the match.
The ICC Spokesperson, Sami-Ul-Hasan denied to make any remarks on the report’s statements and told to AFP in an e-mail that, “We are reviewing the written judgement and have no comments to make at this stage.”
The tribunal, in addition to the aforesaid statements, also claimed that the ICC investigators were obligated to inform the board of any wrong doing activities. The ACSU chairman, Sir Ronald Flanagan, expressed his regret about this failure to update BCB about this important matter on time and also apologized personally on behalf of ACSU for not involving BCB in that particular point of time. Things could have been prevented if BCB were informed then.