Taking the IPL to the UAE could be fairly a process logistically for the match organisers however for BCCI Anti-Corruption Unit head Ajit Singh, the transfer will make monitoring the occasion “slightly easier” as it will be restricted to simply three venues.
The IPL will begin within the UAE from September 19 and the ultimate will likely be held on November eight with three stadiums — Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi hosting the 60 games over 51 days.
“In the UAE, it will be slightly easier doing (monitoring ACU activity) as there are only three grounds compared to eight venues in India. That’s not an issue at all. Once the schedule comes, we will decided the workforce,” Singh instructed PTI throughout an interplay.
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The UAE, in 2014, hosted the primary a part of IPL because of common elections in India.
Singh mentioned presently, there are “eight ACU officers who are on BCCI payrolls”.
So, will that be adequate by way of managing the work by means of 60 matches in addition to holding a tab on motels? It will rely on the sort of bio-security bubble created, reckoned the previous Rajasthan high cop.
“It’s too early to comment on measures as we need to first check what kind of bio-security measures will be created. We first need to see how things are taking shape there and we will deploy our men accordingly,” Singh mentioned.
“In case, we need men, we will hire them,” he added.
With the ICC headquartered in Dubai, the BCCI, if want be, can take assist of the worldwide body which has an enormous group of ACU officers who may be employed, in accordance with a BCCI official.
“If it is a private league that approaches ICC for hiring ACU officers and they agree to cover the event, then the league organisers bear the costs,” the senior official instructed PTI.
The BCCI would possibly want some extra workforce contemplating that every group can have one devoted ‘Integrity Officer’ as per guidelines.
“It is the BCCI that will designate one Integrity officer per team during the course of the IPL. Now whether they will be a part of the bio-bubble (if created), we don’t know, but the Integrity officer is completely their domain,” a senior franchise official clarified the principles.
The UAE does have a historical past of being a scorching bed for bookies and fixers however the ACU head is sort of assured that intelligence gathering won’t be hampered by this shift of match.
“Whoever is involved (bookies/fixers) they are all inter-connected. If we have our sources here, they also know how these bookies operate.
“If they get an information of this place, they will get an information of that place also. It’s not so much of an issue,” he mentioned.