The recently suspended IPL saw potential corrupters hook up an accredited cleaner to Delhi’s Feroz Shah Kotla pitch for pitch-siding which helps ball-to-ball betting, the head of the BCCI anti-corruption unit, Shabbir Hussain Shekhadam Khandwawala. The new modus operandi was seen at one of the IPL games in New Delhi where a designated cleaner used the time lag between the actual game action and the live TV coverage to assist in ball-to-ball betting, also known as name of court-siding or coating of ground. Pitch-siding is the practice of transmitting information from sporting events for the purpose of playing or placing bets directly.
“One of my ACU officers grabbed a person and handed the details to Delhi Police. While this offender managed to escape leaving his two cell phones behind, ACU filed a complaint. with the Delhi police, ”said Hussain, former director general of the Gujarat police. , PTI told PTI on Wednesday.
“We are grateful to the Delhi police for surprising two other people from the Kotla with an ACU denunciation in another incident.”
Delhi police arrested two people with fake credentials during the IPL match between Rajasthan Royals and SunRisers Hyderabad on May 2.
“So on two different days these people managed to gain access to Kotla. The one who fled came in a cleaner costume. However, we have all of his details as he was employed for the tournament. The details of his Aadhar card have been turned over to the Delhi police, ”Hussain said.
“I’m sure he’ll be caught in a day or two. He’s a little fry that works for a few hundred or a few thousand dollars maybe,” the ACU leader said.
But he agreed the lower level staff could be used by a larger union because, due to COVID-19, there is no access to hotels given the biosecurity measures.
“… as situations and circumstances change, so does the modus operandi of crime. But we are ready for it,” Hussaid said.
So how did the cleaning staff fall under the ACU radar?
“He was standing alone (inside Feroz Shah Kotla’s premises) in an isolated area so one of our officers came up and asked him ‘What are you doing here?’
He said, ‘The main freediving girlfriend is baat kar raha hoon. (I talk to my girlfriend).
“My officer then asked him to dial the number he was speaking to, then asked him to hand him the phones. Just as he was browsing the contents of his phone, the guy ran away,” Hussain revealed but didn’t did not disclose it. during which the incident corresponds.
What was more interesting was that he carried the IPL accreditation card that all Class IV personnel receive during the tournament, from bus drivers to cleaners, porters etc.
“It was one of the evening games in Delhi. He was wearing an I-card. What also aroused suspicion was that he had two mobiles,” he said.
“The information he could provide could be for someone more influential among the bookmakers and therefore we should inform the Delhi police. The Delhi police responded positively and so, at the next instance, two people were arrested. ”
Hussain also confirmed that the ACU had not received any complaints about corrupt approaches made to players or support staff involved in the IPL during the 29 games that have unfolded.
“Obviously with a bio bubble and no crowds it certainly becomes a bit easier to deal with as there is no physical proximity of questionable characters (face to face with players). becomes difficult to verify anyone and everyone, “Hussain says.
He also said that during the Mumbai leg, the hotel the SunRisers Hyderabad team was staying at had three people with questionable backgrounds whose names were in the ACU database. However, they couldn’t get in touch with the players.
“As soon as we had information, we got in touch with the Mumbai police. The Mumbai police commissioner immediately took note and the Mumbai police seized these three people,” he said. he adds.
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