The Indian Premier League (IPL), the world’s most popular T20 competition, kicks off in the United Arab Emirates on September 19. And the league that has had problems with illegal betting and match fixing this time around is taking the technological route, data and digital methods to be precise, to keep the matches clean.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which owns and operates the IPL, has partnered with Sportradar AG, a company that provides sports integrity solutions and sports data products.
Sportradar AG will assist the BCCI’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) in monitoring and protecting the integrity of matches during the IPL.
The entire IPL season, which runs until November 10, will be under the radar of Sportradar.
In addition to integrity services to detect betting irregularities, the company is expected to provide a risk assessment to BCCI, driven by intelligence and data-driven insights.
Andreas Krannich, general manager of Sportradar Integrity Services, was quoted in the Mint The newspaper says, “As a world leader in athletic integrity, we hope to provide our expertise and help protect the tournament against integrity-related issues. We know that BCCI takes integrity seriously, and we look forward to working with them throughout the tournament and supporting their integrity program ”.
What is the role of Sportradar AG?
Sportradar has come up with a unique Fraud Detection System (FDS) and other advanced Monitoring & Detection services. It monitors the entire global gambling market and detects gambling-related fraud in sports.
According to his websiteSports Radar provides monitoring, intelligence, education and advisory solutions to sports boards, leagues, government agencies and law enforcement agencies to support them in the fight against gambling-related match manipulation and corruption.
“Our mission is to detect, investigate and prevent bet-related match fixing, doping and other threats to the integrity of the sport, as well as building strong partnerships with industry stakeholders,” the company said.
Sportradar’s Intelligence & Investigation Services team has assisted more than 80 partners in identifying and investigating integrity threats to countries. These include federations, clubs, national anti-doping organizations and law enforcement.
“In addition to raising awareness among participants, drivers and government agencies about betting-related match fixing, doping and other threats to the sport, we also want to help our partners address these issues in the most effective and sustainable way.”
Sportradar is the official partner of various sports leagues, NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB Nascar, FIFA and UEFA Champions League.
IPL and illegal betting
The IPL has had its share of controversies over illegal betting and match-fixing allegations against club owners and players.
In India, betting on cricket matches is illegal and during the tournament it is not uncommon for the illegal gambling syndicate to operate across the country.
In the IPL, two major clubs, the Chennai Super Kings and the Rajasthan Royals, were both banned for two years (2016 and 2017) after their owners were found to be involved in match fixing and betting.
Earlier in 2013, the BCCI banned Indian international cricketer Santhakumaran Sreesanth along with his Rajasthan Royals teammates Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan for their alleged involvement in spot fixing.
The IPL will be held this year in the UAE, which was once considered the global headquarters of the illegal gambling syndicate in cricket.
Perhaps that’s why the BCCI has appointed a company that will use digital technology to stay vigilant against betting and match fixing.