Each of the seven participating teams participating in the upcoming Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League (BBPL) will be tagged with an agent from the International Cricket Council’s (ICC’s) Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU), informed Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Nazmul Hassan yesterday.
“There will be an anti-corruption agent with each of the teams in this BPL, so we are very serious in this regard,” Hassan told reporters yesterday.
Bangladesh’s premier all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan was handed a two-year ban, with the second of those suspended, in October by the ICC after the 32-year-old failed to report corrupt approaches by a bookie.
The BCB president mentioned that the board, who were always serious about these issues, will now be taking sterner steps and help the ACU in any way possible to avoid recurrences of such incidents.
“That is for sure [that we became more serious after the Shakib issue]. Actually, we were always serious about this but now we are sterner. However, it is not like that we have to do everything. These steps are taken by them [ACU]. What we are doing is that now we will have some additional expenditure. For instance, if we are to assign an agent with every team, there is an added expense. Their salary and accommodation allowance will be given by the board. So, we are doing everything as per the instructions. We also said that we will do whatever we can to make it more secure,” said Hassan.
Hassan, however, mentioned that the board will not interfere regarding the assignment of the agent as the ACU will be making the decision independently.