The ICC's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) is questioning the inaction of the BCCI over a report of Indian middle-order batsman Suresh Raina being seen in the company of woman who supposedly bears links to illegal book-makers.
A UK-based newspaper, the Sunday Times, first reported that the Sri Lankan Cricket Board sent CCTV footage of Raini meeting with the woman along with a report to its Indian counterpart. The video images show Raina accompanying the woman on more than one night during India's recent tour of Sri Lanka.
The BCCI for its part, has rubbished the allegations with BCCI member Rajiv Shukla claiming that the woman in question was Raina's agent and that he had no nexus with the bookies.
According to the newspaper report, the ICC launched its investigation following the reaction of BCCI Secretary N Srinivasan to the report. Instead of acting on it, Srinivasan is alleged to have gone to Sri Lanka to have it withdrawn. Srinivasan is also vice-chairman and managing director of the India Cements' owned IPL team Chennai Super Kings for which Raina plays.
The ICC investigation, lead by the ACSU's head Ravi Sawani, is also probing why the report was shared with the BCCI when all such material should be first sent to the international governing body.
The finger of suspicion has turned on Raina just as much talk has erupted in India that spot-fixing has re-merged in the IPL as a major problem. Earlier this year, three Pakistani cricketers were sent home from their country's tour of England following allegations that they bowled no-balls in exchange for money.
Raina is scheduled to play with Team India as it hosts New Zealand to a series beginning on Nov 4th.