A committee has been appointed by the tournament’s Governing Council to look into matters after the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) were allegations of corruption in the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL). They also revealed that they would not be making any statements until the allegations were properly examined.
A report surfaced in The Indian Express which suggested that the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s Anti-Corruption Unit is searching and looking for links between players and bookies over alleged corruption charges in the TNPL.
Ajit Singh, head of the Anti Corruption Unit spoke to ESPN Cric Info and revealed that the inquiry was not directed towards a particular player or group of players but the people approaching. “It is an inquiry into who has approached. The players have told us we have received these messages, so it is not an inquiry against the player. There were messages on who is going to bat first in the match, basically seeking (match-related) information. We presume it’s coming from those who are interested in betting.”
The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association, on the other hand chose to not give away specifics surrounding its own inquiry into the case, but issued a statement that clearly highlighted the fact that the TNPL Tournament falls under the jurisdiction of the BCCI’s amended Anti-Corruption Code and that it involves a ‘zero-tolerance policy’ towards any player involved in malpractices like match-fixing.
“Having received information of acts that would constitute, if accurate, offenses under the regulatory framework of the TNPL, the TNCA had appointed a committee to enquire into the issue and submit a report and until the Committee has been afforded an opportunity to thoroughly examine the allegations and submit their report, the TNCA is unable to make any statements on the specifics of the allegations concerning teams, players or officials,” P. S. Raman, chairman, TNPL Governing Council, observed.
“The TNPL since its inception in 2016 has been covered by a robust anti-corruption program with stringent regulations that are modeled on ICC and BCCI regulations with a team of anti-corruption officials who maintain vigilance on the teams and officials.
“The TNCA would like to assure all stakeholders of the game of cricket that it has a zero-tolerance policy towards any persons indulging in unethical practices which would subvert the faith of the public in the fairness of the matches. The TNCA affirms its intention to stringently penalize any persons if found guilty to the fullest extent of the law.”
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