'ACSU has no secret dossier of any wrongdoing in IPL II'

'ACSU has no secret dossier of any wrongdoing in IPL II'

Sunday dawned with another such ‘revelation’, London’s Sunday Times claiming that 29 players, including two Australians, are on the ICC’s watch-list for alleged sport-fixing in the second edition of the Indian Premier League in South Africa in 2009, and that the ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit has prepared a ‘secret dossier’ containing the names of these players.

Deccan Herald has learnt that the ACSU hasn’t produced any such dossier, so there is no question of players supposedly involved in wrongdoing in IPL II being under any scrutiny. It is worth remembering that the ACSU had no role to play in either IPL I or IPL II, and were only brought on board for the third edition of the IPL, held earlier this year in India.
A top source ruled out the existence of the secret dossier, while acknowledging that Lord Paul Condon, the then head of the ACSU, did address the ICC Board on the general threat perception from corruption that surrounded the cricketing world.

“At that time, the IPL was in the limelight, so he did mention that he had heard accusations of irregularities, but at no stage was any report prepared,” the source added.

The IPL did not enter an arrangement with the ICC for the ACSU to be involved in the premier domestic Twenty20 tournament in the world until the third edition. While it is true that the ICC had offered the services of the ACSU from IPL I onwards, the IPL had its own anti-corruption mechanism in place, perhaps put off by the fee of $1.2 million sought by the ICC for the ACSU’s services.

By IPL III, the authorities decided not to take any chances, given the huge numbers of international players involved and the stakes that the IPL entailed. The report in the English daily is perhaps an off-shoot of Condon’s address this May at Lord’s when, among other things, he said he couldn’t give IPL I or II a ‘clean bill of health.’ “IPL I and II we were worried about, not because we think there were huge fixes, but because there was no infrastructure to prevent it,” Condon had said.

“That doesn't mean to say matches were fixed in IPL I and II, but nor can I, hand on heart, give it a clean bill of health. I just don't know. “In IPL III, the ACSU was heavily involved, there was an education programme, and we've got no current intelligence, or information, or ongoing enquiries, which suggest anything other than IPL III was a clean event in terms of spot-fixing.”

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