Former Director General of Police Ajit Singh will head BCCI's Anti-Corruption Unit, a media release from the Indian cricket board said on Saturday.
"The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announces the appointment of Mr Ajit Singh as Head, Anti-Corruption Unit. A 1982 – Rajasthan cadre IPS officer, Mr Singh retired as Director General of Police, Rajasthan on November 30, 2017. Having served the Indian Police Service for around 36 years, Mr Singh comes with a wealth of experience in anti-corruption operations, investigative work and field policing. Mr Singh also headed the anti-corruption bureau of Rajasthan for four years," the release said.
"Mr Ajit Singh will take charge of the office ahead of 2018 season of IPL and he will be based out of BCCI headquarters at Cricket Centre, Mumbai. Mr Neeraj Kumar, the former Police Commissioner of Delhi, has been retained as Advisor – Anti-Corruption Unit till May 31, 2018," it added.
The cricket governing body in the country also informed that like previous years of the Indian Premier League, the ICC Anti-Corruption Unit has been taken on board. "Both BCCI and ICC will closely work towards keeping the highest level of compliance for the Indian Premier League," the release added.
The eleventh edition of the league starts on April 7 with the match between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings - returning after a two-year ban for their involvement in betting - at the Wankhede Stadium. Rajasthan Royals is the other team that is returning from a two-year ban for the same offence.
In its 10-year history, the league has seen quite a few unsavoury events. Besides the banning of the above teams, S Sreesanth was handed a life ban alongside fellow Rajasthan Royals teammates Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila after being found guilty of spot-fixing in 2013.