Well, every concerned fan is worried about the growing incidents of Match fixing/Spot fixing in the cricketing events. A lot of suggestions have been given to check the ever growing tendency of spot fixing. But in terms of a story running in the social media, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is under pressure to crack down on corruption following a series of betting and fixing scandals that have shaken its Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament. In this attempt it has been stated that BCCI have asked cricketers not to give autographs. It looks odd to note the cricket body considers introducing an outright ban, as an official of BCCI said.
Though it will prove to a big shock for the fans, but Mr. Madhavan BCCI’s senior investigating officer said “It is a dangerous exercise and we are trying to push for a worldwide ban on this. This (autographs) could be a method through which bookies may connect with cricketers. Through an autograph book, a bookie can exchange vital information with a player. For example, he can be asked to score a particular number of runs while batting.”
However it is strange that BCCI general manager Ratnakar Shetty declined to comment on the report. It is important to note that during IPL season in 2013, police had to launch legal proceedings against several officials and cricketers, including former Test fast bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth, for illegal betting and spot-fixing.
But the proposed step of banning autographs appears little too much.