'Match-fixing law will prove to be a game-changer in India': Steve Richardson
'Match-fixing law will prove to be a game-changer in India': Steve Richardson

Steve Richardson, the coordinator of the investigation into the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) of the International Cricket Council, believes that the match-fixing law will prove to be a game-changer in India. India has to host two major ICC competitions over a period of three years from 2021 to 2023. India has to host the T20 World Cup in 2021 and the ODI World Cup in 2023. These global tournament matches are the most liked events by fixers. With limited resources, saving these tournaments from fixers is a challenge for the ICC.

Richardson said, "India is getting two ICC global events, T20 World Cup [in 2021] and World Cup in 2023. There is currently no law to stop match-fixing, we will have good relations with Indian Police, They are working in this direction. We will do everything we can. We will do everything possible to drive out the corrupts." He said, "Match-fixing law in India will be a game-changer. We currently have 50 cases related to fixing. Most of them are related to the corrupt in India. If India introduces match-fixing law then in case of protecting the game it would be the most effective thing." In the year 2019, Sri Lanka has become the first big cricket playing country in South Asia to criminalize match-fixing including 10 years jail sentence. Richardson asks 'Does India need a match-fixing law?' During a panel discussion on the subject, he said that the match-fixing law would stop the corrupt and will send them to jail".

Richardson said, "I can actually name at least eight people from the Indian police or the Indian government, who constantly try to contact the players to fix the match." He said, "With the lack of legislative framework in India at the moment, it is very limited as to what the police can do, and to that extent, they are very sympathetic to me as they try professionally and hard to enact the existing law, But the reality is that the rules of this game were not designed keeping corruption in mind. "

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