ICC may review measures
CAPE TOWN, South Africa – The International Cricket Council will consider a “wide-ranging and, if necessary, independent review” of anti-corruption measures following the fixing allegations against Pakistan players, the sport’s governing body said yesterday.
“It is not enough that the ICC is regarded by other sporting organisations as a leader in the battle against corruption in sport,” ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said following a meeting of the council’s chief executives’ committee in Cape Town. “We must continue to assess and, where necessary, improve our processes.
“The recent allegations have reminded everyone of the need to remain vigilant and to ensure public confidence in our sport,” he said.
The committee, which includes cricket leaders from the ten Test-playing nations, said it supported the action taken by the ICC, which suspended Pakistan players Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir on corruption charges.
The three were accused in a British Sunday tabloid sting of arranging no-balls at predetermined moments during the fourth Test against England last month.
“The CEC also reaffirmed the ICC’s zero-tolerance stance against any form of corruption within the sport and wished to send a strong message to players and other stakeholders by supporting the decisive action taken by the ICC in the face of the recent spot-fixing allegations at the Lord’s Test match between England and Pakistan,” yesterday’s statement said.
Lorgat said the committee recommended a “thorough review” of procedures and protocols, which was already under way, and added he wanted to engage national governments over the regulation of betting.
Illegal gambling on cricket matches in India and Pakistan involves huge amounts of money, making the sport a target for spot-fixing and corruption. (AP)