BCCI strengthens integrity ahead of IPL season with Sportradar deal

In an attempt to strengthen integrity around the sport, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced a partnership with Sportradar in which the firm will monitor any betting irregularities during the upcoming 2020 Indian Premier League campaign.

The BCCI will specifically work with Sportradar Integrity Services to ensure that acts of corruption related to spot fixing or match fixing during India’s cricket competition is identified and dealt with.

In order to successfully run this task, Sportradar will support the BCCI’s anti-corruption unit to monitor and safeguard the integrity of the matches.

Sportradar Integrity Services’ Managing Director 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.”

Additionally, Sportradar will provide a risk assessment to the BCCI which will be driven by intelligence and data-driven insights. The BCCI and Sportradar’s Intelligence and Investigations Services will also remain in constant contact, meaning that the BCCI can call upon the sports data firm should they need to.

The partnership also expands Sportradar’s presence in India, with the firm previously securing agreements with the Indian Super League and the Pro Kabaddi League.

This year’s 2020 Indian Premier League will commence tomorrow (September 19) with the competition being affected by constant rescheduling and delays due to the global health pandemic. After initially planning to start its campaign in March, it seems the competition is looking to begin its season without any complications, both from a safety and integrity aspect.