The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has unanimously adopted a five-point proposal to curb corruption in Champions League T20. After suffering grave embarrassment due to alleged spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League this year, the world's richest cricket board seems to be in no mood to leave the sport to the 'good intentions' of cricketers.
Evils like spot and match-fixing have hounded cricket for decades. Surprisingly, it is now that this Board seems to have woken up to the harsh realities. The proposals as set out by interim chief Jagmohan Dalmiya are stern but they also make me question why it took so long for these measures to see the light of day.
Amongst the main points, the suggestions include appointing Anti-Corruption Security Unit (ASCU) officials with each team. It also mandates security officials to be present and a 'code of conduct' in the dug-out. While these may or may not completely weed out the menace of cricket fixing, it will surely stem it's growth. Why then were these not put into place earlier, considering T20 cricket has existed for several years now and malpractices, generally, have been around for even longer?