ICC concerned about IPL corruption

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New Delhi, Jul 24 (UNI) Comparing the IPL with Sharjah in terms of corruption, the International Cricket Council (ICC) has expressed concern that the cash rich tournament will be a heaven for match fixers due to the involvement of big money.

According to the ICC General Manager Dave Richardson, the ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) chief Sir Paul Condon said in a presentation at the annual conference in Dubai that ''IPL brings with it the biggest threat to the game in terms of corruption since the days of cricket in Sharjah.'' ''We are concerned. Let's face it, the IPL is the first domestic competition which has attracted such huge interest and when it does it's going to inevitably going to attract the interest of match-fixers and people like that,'' Richardson was quoted as saying by cricketnirvana.com today.

Richardson was of the view that Condon's presentation was an attempt to inform the boards of the current situation of corruption in the game not for criticising IPL or the Indian board.

''The purpose of the meeting and having the briefing from Lord Condon is to keep the members informed and so the message was clearly accepted by the BCCI.

''There is certainly no criticism intended on IPL or the BCCI.

It's just a fact of life that there is a lot of betting going on in cricket. And that because there's so much money passing hands, inevitably the temptations are going to be there to try and get the players involved.'' UNI XC RKM AB AS1638

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