Reports Mohammed Siraj Bangalore driver complains to BCCI about "corruption"
India bowler Mohammed Siraj reported a "corrupt approach" from a person who sought "inside information" on his squad before Australia began a full-fledged tour of the nation in February of this year to the BCCI's Anti Corruption Unit (ACU).
The Indian bowler, who is now competing for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL, immediately informed BCCI's ACU section of the situation.
It is believed that the gambler messaged Siraj out of pure annoyance after losing a significant amount of money during the India games.
Before Australia visited, India had played white-ball home series against New Zealand and Sri Lanka in January and February. India defeated Sri Lanka 3-0 in the ODI series after defeating them 3-0 in the T20 series.
India defeated New Zealand 3-0 in the ODI series before defeating them 2-1 in the T20 series, with the Black Caps taking the lone match of the visit in Ranchi.
"Siraj wasn't approached by a bookie. He works as a driver in Hyderabad and has a gambling addiction to Indian sports. After losing a lot of money betting on India games, he contacted Siraj over WhatsApp, a top BCCI source familiar with the situation informed PTI on the condition of anonymity.
"Siraj instantly reported the approach. The guy had been apprehended by law enforcement (Andhra Police)," the source continued.
Since the spot-fixing scam involving S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan, Ajit Chandila, and later Chennai Super Kings (CSK) team principal Gurunath Meiyappan was revealed in 2013, the BCCI has strengthened its ACU network.
Now, each IPL team has a dedicated ACU representative who stays in the same hotel and is there on the playing field to keep an eye on all moves.
Additionally, participants must attend a required ACU session on the dos and don'ts, and there are consequences in place if any player fails to report a corrupt strategy.
Shakib Al Hasan, the captain of Bangladesh, received a suspension in 2021 for failing to disclose a corrupt strategy used during his IPL tenure the season before.
After two victories and three losses, RCB are now in ninth position with four points.