Strict security for Champions League T20
Cricket’s most lucrative club competition, the $6.5 million Champions League Twenty20, begins in less than ten days with organisers assuring “robust” anti-corruption and security measures.
It will be the first multi-nation tournament to be held following the News Of The World sting operation that led to the ICC’s first-ever use of its provisional suspension clause to suspend three Pakistan cricketers suspected of spot-fixing.
In the aftermath of the sting, seven international cricketers have so far come out and said they had been contacted by illegal bookies, with Australian David Warner saying a group of men he found suspicious had approached him in New Delhi last year during the first edition of the Champions League T20.
This year the tournament is being held in South Africa from September 10 to 26, and Gerald Majola, chief executive of Cricket South Africa and a Champion League T20 governing council member, said that the organisers would be working with the ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Securities Unit (ACSU), “as we would for any major event like a World Cup. The governing council and ICC have put the same plans in place as they would for any event”.
Dean Kino, another member of the Champions League T20 governing council, told ESPNcricinfo that a full allotment of the ICC’S anti-corruption officers would be present during the tournament, which is not an ICC event.
In addition to the ACSU and regular ground security, the South African firm Nicholls, Steyn & Associates will be on duty at the event dealing with security and anti-corruption issues.
Four security agents would be present at every game, between three and four security officers would be attached to every team and there would be a similar number at every hotel.
Kino said the spot-fixing controversy had not caused fresh concerns because the tournament’s code of behaviour was on the same lines as the ICC’s anti-corruption code.
“In case of players breaking the code, the same strictures would apply as they do in the ICC’s anti-corruption code,” Kino said.
The Champions League T20’s code of conduct opens with a 14-point list of offences related to betting, gambling and speculation, bringing the game into disrepute, contriving a result or occurrence of a “cricket event” and “not performing on merits”. (Cricinfo)