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Known corruptors trying to build relations with players: ICC ACU chief

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LONDON, April 19: The ICC�s Anti-Corruption Unit head Alex Marshall has revealed that �known corrupters� are trying to build relations with cricketers by exploiting their increased presence on social media due to the coronavirus-forced halt to on-field action.

No competitive match has taken place since a Pakistan Super League game on March 15 as players globally have been in lockdown enforced to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed lakhs worldwide.

�We are seeing known corrupters use this time, when players are on social media more than ever, to connect with them and try to build a relationship that they can exploit at a later date,� Marshall was quoted as saying by The Guardian.

Marshall insists the lull in cricketing activity does not necessarily mean a drop in fixing approaches.

�COVID-19 may have put a temporary stop on the playing of international and domestic cricket around the world but the corrupters are still active,� Marshall was quoted as saying by The Guardian.

The novel coronavirus outbreak has put a complete stop on all on-field cricketing activity and there is no clarity on when things will normalise.

�We have reached out to our members, players and their wider networks to highlight this issue and ensure they all continue to be aware of the dangers of approaches...,� Marshall said. The ACU chief�s team is also aware that the drop in income due to absence of matches could also make some of the less well-paid players more vulnerable to enticing offers from fixers.

James Pyemont, the England and Wales Cricket Board�s head of integrity, added: �There will always be someone to make something out of a crisis and view it as an opportunity.� � PTI

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Known corruptors trying to build relations with players: ICC ACU chief

LONDON, April 19: The ICC�s Anti-Corruption Unit head Alex Marshall has revealed that �known corrupters� are trying to build relations with cricketers by exploiting their increased presence on social media due to the coronavirus-forced halt to on-field action.

No competitive match has taken place since a Pakistan Super League game on March 15 as players globally have been in lockdown enforced to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed lakhs worldwide.

�We are seeing known corrupters use this time, when players are on social media more than ever, to connect with them and try to build a relationship that they can exploit at a later date,� Marshall was quoted as saying by The Guardian.

Marshall insists the lull in cricketing activity does not necessarily mean a drop in fixing approaches.

�COVID-19 may have put a temporary stop on the playing of international and domestic cricket around the world but the corrupters are still active,� Marshall was quoted as saying by The Guardian.

The novel coronavirus outbreak has put a complete stop on all on-field cricketing activity and there is no clarity on when things will normalise.

�We have reached out to our members, players and their wider networks to highlight this issue and ensure they all continue to be aware of the dangers of approaches...,� Marshall said. The ACU chief�s team is also aware that the drop in income due to absence of matches could also make some of the less well-paid players more vulnerable to enticing offers from fixers.

James Pyemont, the England and Wales Cricket Board�s head of integrity, added: �There will always be someone to make something out of a crisis and view it as an opportunity.� � PTI

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