According to reports, the recently suspended fourteenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was heavily targeted by various bookie networks. As the IPL was held in a bio-secure bubble and behind closed doors, bookies used creative ways to infiltrate the cash-rich league.
One such incident occurred in a match in New Delhi, where a bookie was employed as a cleaner in the stadium. The details of the match have not been revealed, but the corrupt approaches have been reported by the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) Anti Corruption Unit Chief, Shabbir Hussain Shekhadam.
Hussain reported that although the bookie fled the scene, his details have been reported to Delhi Police. Hussain explained that the ACU was suspicious of the individual when they saw him standing alone, talking on his mobile phone in a secluded area. The individual handed over two phones when confronted by the officer and fled the scene as the officer was going through the contents of the phone.
Hussain assured that the suspicious individual would be caught within the next few days as they have all of his details. Hussain also confirmed that there have been zero reports of corrupt approaches by the players.
In a separate incident, two men, suspected to be involved in illegal betting, were caught by the authorities during the match between Rajashtan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad at New Delhi. The two men were trying to enter the stadium using fake identities.