On Friday, Nazmul Hasan, President of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has said that there will be an agent from ACU (anti-corruption unit) with each team participating in BPL (Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League) which is scheduled to start from 11th December.
According to Nazmul Hasan, the BCB is ready to spend money from their pockets to protect tournaments from corrupt activities and also warned of introducing a zero-tolerance policy.
BPL had earlier been halted after it was hit by match-fixing issues that saw Mohammad Ashraful receiving a ban. BCB is now more concerned with the latest blow that came in the form of Shakib al Hasan’s suspension by the ICC for failing to report corruption approaches.
Previously, many match-fixing issues have taken place in BCB.
ACU Agent With Each Team
Head of the BCB said, “In this BPL, There will be an anti-corruption agent with each of the teams, It was always there but now that is more intensified [after the Shakib incident] and it is getting bigger with each passing day.”
”All we have to bear the extra expenses because if you assign a person for each and every team, he should be given salary and also you have to provide him the food and accommodation. But we instantly agreed with this. We just want to keep everything secure. Whatever the ACU members are advising, we are doing that,” he added.
”Usually, we don’t recruit them, rather we appoint them. The agent of the ACU generally comes from the Army. Every team will be given training on corruption issues. Those who are the sponsors of the team will do the things accordingly. We will not interfere with it. We, in fact, don’t want to know what ACU is doing. I think they should be given the freedom to work independently,” Nazmul Hassan concluded.