Majority of the match-fixing cases, which are currently being investigated by the International Cricket Council (ICC), are reportedly linked with corruptors in India.
An official claims that rather than going for mega events like the Indian Premier League and World Cups, these corruptors now look out for lower-scale competitions like state leagues and other less popular events.
“We have 50 investigations that we are undertaking and majority have links to corruptors in India,” Steve Richardson, coordinator of investigations, International Cricket Council (ICC) Anti-Corruption Unite (ACU) said on Saturday.
“Of late, no high-profile Indian cricketer may have come under the lens, but the player-bookie nexus goes unabated. Players are the final link in the chain. Problem is with people who organise corruption, who pay the players; who sit outside the sport. I can deliver eight names to Indian governing agencies who are serial offenders and constantly approach the players,” he added.
Richardson also explained how vital it was to make match-fixing a criminal offence in India.
“Sri Lanka was the first nation that brought a match-fixing law. For that reason, Sri Lanka cricket is better protected now. In Australia’s case, we are very proactive. At the moment, with no legislation in place in India, they are operating with one hand tied up,” said Richardson.
“In Australia, they can stop someone coming to their country before the tournament. India too has ICC events coming up with the T20 World Cup (2021) and the 2023 ODI World Cup. Legislation would be a game changer,” he added.