Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj reported a corrupt approach to BCCI’s Anti Corruption Unit (ACU) during the India vs Australia series in February this year. The unknown person wanted inside information about the Indian team before the matches. Siraj, who played two Tests and three ODIs against Australia earlier this year, reported the approach to BCCI’s ACU unit. The person who approached Siraj was a driver from Hyderabad who was addicted to betting on Indian matches. He had lost a lot of money on India games and messaged Siraj out of sheer frustration.
The BCCI has beefed up its ACU network since the spot-fixing scandal in 2013. Each IPL team now has a dedicated ACU official who stays in the same hotel and monitors all movements. There is also a mandatory ACU workshop for players on the dos and don’ts, and if any player fails to report a corrupt approach, there are sanctions in place.
Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan was suspended in 2021 for not reporting a corrupt approach during his IPL stint in the previous season. RCB, the team Siraj is currently playing for, is currently placed eighth with four points after two wins and three defeats.