MUMBAUI: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has restrained Indian players from signing autographs during matches in a bid to keep bookies away from players.
Though the move is set to widen the gap between fans and their cricket superstars, BCCI believes it will check the menace of bookies possibly passing on information on the field.
According to Indian media reports, the BCCI is of the opinion bookies and those involved in spot-fixing – can either pass on or obtain information in the guise of seeking autographs.
“We have asked cricketers not to give autographs while the match is on, during the IPL, Champions League T20 and all other BCCI-organised matches in India,” KS Madhavan of BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Unit was quoted as saying. “This could be a method through which bookies may connect with cricketers. Through an autograph book, a bookie can exchange vital information with a player.”
Interestingly though, fans in India are anyway behind fenced enclosures in almost every stadium here. This is in contrast to venues abroad where supporters are quite close to the action.