It is well-known that the format of the game and the huge amount of money sinked into the game makes it vulnerable to betting, gambling and even match fixing. Keeping the precedents in mind, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has roped in services of Sportradar to monitor the betting irregularities in IPL 2020 season.
The Sportradar Integrity Services, which is a sports integrity solutions provider company will work alongside and support anti-corruption unit of the BCCI.
This is an opportunity for Sportradar to expand its market in India as it has previously partnered with Indian Super League and Pro Kabbadi League to provide its services. However, this would be the first opportunity for the company to have entered into agreement with BCCI for regulating betting in IPL.
Additionally, the integrity solutions company would provide data driven and intelligence based risk assessments to BCCI and the BCCI would be in a position to invite Sportradar’s Intelligence and Investigation Services during the term of the partnership, if required.
Managing Director of Sportradar Integrity Services, Andreas Krannich commented: “It is an honour to partner with the BCCI for the 2020 IPL season. As the global leader in sporting integrity, we hope to provide our expertise and help protect the tournament against integrity related issues. We know that the BCCI takes integrity seriously, and we look forward to working alongside them throughout the tournament and providing our support to their integrity programme”, reported Outlook.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 is set to start from September 19, 2020 in United Arab Emirates (UAE). The playing location was moved away from India in wake of COVID-19 pandemic.
The first match will be played between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings.