The ICC has issued some warnings which concern the welfare of their players who are being approached by corruptors on social media.
To date, all matches are kept on hold due to COVID-19. As matches remain to be held and as players cannot interact with their fans, social media has become a tool to help communication faster. However, the same platform is also being used by corruptors to contact cricket players.
A letter written by the ICC says, ‘With most of the world experiencing lockdowns and restrictions, it has left many with time on their hands, some of which can be filled on social media. The creativity some have shown has been remarkable but there is a darker side’.
‘We have seen evidence that corruptors are using their time to contact players through social media, particularly Instagram, Whatsapp and Facebook’, it added.
The said approaches are believed to have been received by two USA players. One was offered with some kit sponsorship by a person who was already on the ICC Anti Corruption Unit radar. The details of the other approach, however, remain to be unknown.
This is not the first time that USA cricketers had been targetted by these type of people. In fact, two players of the said team had also been approached last year before the Global T20 Canada League.
So far, the ICC is looking deeper into this matter to protect the welfare of their players. To know more about the ICC and how they govern cricket, head over to Betwala.
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