NE clampdown: BCCI ACU to keep an eye on inter-state transfers

Vinod Rai also informed that the BCCI ACU unit will be beefed up as the current three-member team is distinctly inadequate to keep a tab on corrupt activities.

With a little over a month to go for the 2018-19 domestic season, there have been multiple allegations of small-time cricketers from Delhi and adjoining areas offering money to get berths into the new state teams which are in need of professional cricketers. (File Picture)   -  Prashant Nakwe

The Committee of Administrator (CoA) chief Vinod Rai, on Monday, categorically said that the BCCI's Anti Corruption Unit (ACU) will be keeping a close eye on any inter-state player transfers in order to clamp down on any malpractices.

Following the ratification of the Lodha reforms by the Supreme Court, six North-East states - Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim - are gearing up to  play domestic cricket as individual members for the first time.

But with a little over a month to go for the 2018-19 domestic season, there have been multiple allegations of small-time cricketers from Delhi and adjoining areas offering money to get berths into the new state teams which are in need of professional cricketers.

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“The BCCI anti-corruption unit has been told to monitor and if they find anything, they will report the matter,” Rai said.

The former CAG chief also informed that the ACU unit will be beefed up as the current three-member team is distinctly inadequate to keep a tab on corrupt activities.

“Each zone will have an ACU officer. We are not trying to set up a policing unit but those who can interact with people and gather information,” he said.

Meanwhile, on a recent media report about an India player having links with bookies - as alleged by former IPS officer BB Misra (a member of Justice Mukul Mudgal probe committee) - Rai said: “We checked BCCI records and didn’t find any such thing. Anyway, I have asked the BCCI ACU chief to probe the matter.”