ICC issue spot fixing alert to the IPL
With the fourth season of the Indian Premier League just two weeks away the International Cricket Council has admitted to having concerns about the vulnerability of t20 cricket.
The ICCís Anti-Corruption and Security Unit feels the format, with its unpredictability is very vulnerable to match-fixing and spot-fixing, the process of fixing specific incidents within a game.
The ACSU are also concerned about the increasing work needed to keep tournaments clean with international players spread out across a country but not under the control of their national teams.
The IPL and ACSU will be working together during next monthís tournament and will be focusing in particular on spot-fixing after three Pakistan players were found guilty of bowling no-ballís to order during the Lord's Test last summer against England.
Despite media reports in the past which claimed 29 players were involved in match fixing during the second season of the IPL in South Africa, the tournament has a proud record of stamping out corruption on the field with the support of the ACSU.