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Sreesanth’s arrest prompted the BCCI to introduce the education programme
After having been cut down to their knees and at a loss of words over the spot-fixing scandal involving former India pace bowler Sreesanth, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have decided to introduce an education programme to enlighten younger players about the dangers lurking in cricket’s shadowy underworld.
Players of various ages will attend the programme with officers from the Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.
“The anti-corruption unit of the BCCI has recently begun the education course for cricketers during the national camp for the Under-19 and U-15 players, held in Bangalore and Mysore,” BCCI game development manager Ratnakar Shetty told the Indian Express. “Ravi Sawani, director of anti-corruption unit, has planned the educational course. From July onwards these courses will start in every state association along with anti-doping procedures.”
This education programme comes after Sreesanth, along with Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila, were all implicated in a spot-fixing scandal during this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL).
As of right now, Sreesanth and Chavan have been released on bail.
Sethu Madhavan, a senior investigation officer with the ACSU, noted that officers from the unit would accompany all Ranji Trophy teams during the upcoming season.
Madhavan instructed players not to discuss any match details with anyone, including family members.
He also noted that players should report any approaches by bookies and if they receive any phone calls from people they don’t know.
Rajasthan Royals player Siddharth Trivedi is currently facing possible suspension for failing to report an approach by a bookie.