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Darren Stevens being investigated by ACSU

George Dobell

August 14, 2013

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Darren Stevens appeals for the wicket of Marcus Trescothick, Somerset v Kent, County Championship Division One, Taunton, July 20, 2010
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Darren Stevens has been charged with failing to report a corrupt approach as part of the ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) investigation into events during the 2013 Bangladesh Premier League.

Stevens, the 37-year-old Kent allrounder, has not been charged with any corrupt activity itself and is therefore free to continue playing. Stevens is one of nine individuals charged with various offences; seven for fixing and two for not reporting approaches.

In a statement, Stevens said: "I confirm that I have been charged by the ICC with a failure to report a corrupt approach made to me during BPL2 in February this year. I have not been involved in any corrupt activity and have not been charged with any and I am cooperating with the ICC and ACSU in their investigation and prosecution of the corruption charges in matters relating to the BPL.

"I am totally against any corruption in cricket and would never do anything other than perform to the best of my ability in any game. ICC have not suspended me from playing and I remain willing and able to play for Kent in all fixtures if selected. As the charge against me is now the subject of disciplinary proceedings I can make no further comment with regard to them at this stage."

The charges, which followed an investigation carried out by the ACSU, relate to an alleged conspiracy within the Dhaka Gladiators franchise to engage in match-fixing and spot-fixing during the tournament, as well as failures by individuals to report approaches made to them to be involved in the conspiracy.

The news will raise more questions about the viability of the BPL. Many players are still awaiting payment for their involvement in the 2013 season.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by YorkshirePudding on (August 15, 2013, 8:10 GMT)

@Nutcutlet, this assumes that he knew of what was going on and that it was an open approach. for all we know it was a casual conversation about his feelings towards what Kaneria did. A negative response would surely stop any further response, but a positive response would have meant further approaches.

That said if it was a blatent approach then he should have informed the ICC, however I do wonder if theres a little bit of mud slinging towards the ECB as to my knowledge no other names have been 'leaked' to the media, why?

Posted by Nutcutlet on (August 15, 2013, 6:22 GMT)

@ Cricket_theBestGame on (August 15, 2013, 5:10 GMT): I think the best answer to your query is an old answer, attributed to the great philosopher, Edmund Burke (1729 - 92): 'All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.'

Posted by Cricket_theBestGame on (August 15, 2013, 5:10 GMT)

he is innocent until proven guilty..but the question still remains, with all the education ICC and honorable ECB does, why would a player especially from England fail to report a approach to him??

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (August 15, 2013, 5:06 GMT)

@NigelW, Very true, at 38 years old, his career will effectively be over even if its a suspended ban.

I suppose the question is did he know hed actually been approached to fix games or was it just that his name was it a very very subtle approach, just as asking his opinion on the westfield-kaneria situation wheich was in the headlines at the start of the year.

I suppose its watch this space, I hope the ICC name all the other cricketers under suspicion.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (August 15, 2013, 1:01 GMT)

It really is everybody's responsibility to stamp out fixing in cricket. There's plenty of education among professional cricketers these days regarding this sort of thing so noone can really claim that they didn't know what they are supposed to do in such cases. Obviously failure to report the commission of a crime and the actual commission of one are two different things so any repercussions should be significantly lesser but, still, it is everyone's responsibility to prevent fixing in cricket so noone can simply turn a blind eye.

Posted by NigelW on (August 14, 2013, 20:25 GMT)

Yes, failure to report is an offence under the Anti-Corruption Code and the penalty is a a ban of one to five years. It''s tragic because Stevo is not only a fine cricketer but a decent man and a Kent hero who would not intentionally do anything to damage the game of cricket. He turns 38 before the start of next season, so any ban will mean his career is over. Not only every Kent supporter but the thousands of cricket fans from other counties who have (sometimes begrudgingly!) enjoyed the thrilling way he has hit their bowlers to all parts of the ground will have heavy hearts tonight. Such a fine ambassador for the game does not deserve such an ignominious end to his career. But the rules have to be upheld without fear or favour if they are to be effective and it looks distressingly as if Stevo will be an unfortunate victim of the rigorous policing that the acrtions of some wicked and unscrupulous gamblers have now forced upon our beloved game.

Posted by Nutcutlet on (August 14, 2013, 17:11 GMT)

Oh dear. If Darren Stevens knew of nefarious goings -on then he had an absolute duty to report them. 'All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.' (attributed to Edmunde Burke, 1729 - 97).

FYI: Bangladesh is rated =144/174 countries on the the index of Transparency International (2012). The countries that are on the same rating say it all: Cameroon, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Syria & Ukraine.

I just knew (really knew!) that becoming involved in the BBL was a highly risky business (I said I "wouldn't touch it with a barge-pole") for any cricketer who wanted to avoid becoming immersed in activities that he might regret. Needless to say, the comment didn't appear. I hope that this one does.

Posted by   on (August 14, 2013, 13:47 GMT)

@munkeymomo. It's going to be a small print issue. Many will say that Stevens should have read the code. There's going to be a long look at contracts and what paperwork was supplied. And for those who say always read the small print, it is amusing that the BCB themselves were guilty of the same thing. The BCB wanted to name the 9 people at the presser, going against the provisions of the anti-corruption code, and Richardson wouldn't allow it. Read the fine print, boys and girls.

it is curious that Stevens has been named and the other individual who didn't report the approach hasn't as yet.

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (August 14, 2013, 13:36 GMT)

@ David & Thomas: According to anti-corruption code, a cricketer or organizer or coaching staff will face suspension of between one to five years for any failure to report a corrupt approach. So Darren may face the punishment- at least an one year ban or more.

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (August 14, 2013, 13:08 GMT)

While failing to report an approach is an offence, you have to wonder what the approach was and how it came about was it someone with a brown envelope full of cash dropped on the table or was it more a preliminary approach via an "agent" offering sponsorship.

Hes at the end of his career as well so any ban will be terminal, and why is the ICC doing this not the BCB, as the last time i checked the BPL is a domestic tournament and thus not under the umbrella of the ICC, just as the IPL is under the umbrella of the BCCI not the ICC.

I would hope the ECB have him in for questioning and that Kent suspend him from playing while they investigate. If hes done wrong then he should be banned.

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